The Central African Republic has been unstable since independence, but now Muslims and Christians are killing each other in a conflict that has become Africa's Unholy War
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For the Christian Militias in the Central African Republic, it is time for revenge. Since last fall, the groups–called antibalaka, or antimachete, in the Sango language–have been hunting down the mainly Muslim rebels who toppled the government last March and then went on a violent rampage for much of the year. The rebels, known as Séléka, mainly targeted Christians and continued their pillaging and killing even after their leader, Michel Djotodia, dissolved the group in September. On Jan. 23, days after Djotodia resigned as President, Catherine Samba-Panza, then mayor of the capital, Bangui, took over as interim President.
Samba-Panza seemed like a figure of hope for a country that has seen five coups since it gained independence from France in 1960, but the violence has only intensified as the hunters have become the hunted.