Fighting has intensified in recent days un certain parts of the Central African Republic, including an apparent massacre of over 100 people in a mining town near the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo. This fighting in more remote parts of country is flaring up just as violence in the capitol Bangui has being tamped down as a peace agreement takes hold.
“The hard-earned relative calm in [the capital] Bangui and some of the bigger towns in CAR risks being eclipsed by the descent of some rural areas into increasing sectarian violence, with defenceless civilians – as usual – paying the highest price,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the top UN human rights official said.
Marcus Bleasdale is an award winning photojournalist who has traveled extensively through the Central African Republic to document the conflict there. You can see his photos in the May 2017 issue of National Geographic. He also took hours of video footage as the conflict was erupting and National Geographic has just posted this short documentary which offers a “view into the daily lives of the people trapped in the chaotic disintegration of their country and their determination to survive and rebuild.”