They committed mass atrocities against the population, and to the largely Christian population in the southwest, Muslims began to be associated with violence. They took up arms to form a Christian self-defense militia called the anti-balaka, and carried out revenge killings. Watch Diamonds and Sacrifices (Excerpt from ‘United in Hate: Central African Republic’)
Diamonds and Sacrifices… Central African Republic [Video]
In March 2013, the Seleka, a coalition of predominantly Muslim-armed groups from the northeast, marched on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui and seized power.