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Conflict and Elections in the Central African Republic (CAR)

Monday 14 December 2015
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
African Studies Centre Library

Since March 2013 the Central African Republic (CAR) has been the stage to violence. Accounts on genocide, interreligious conflict and cannibalism have coloured what has been called the ‘most forgotten conflict on earth’. Thousands have fled their houses and live now in refugee camps inside and outside the country. More than two years have gone by since the overthrow of the former president Bozizé and several peace missions have been deployed in CAR, until now without success. However, little is known on what is actually happening in CAR. The Central African population seems to be fed up with the transitional government. Elections are due to take place in December 2015. Will elections help the country out of the impasse? What are the roots of this violence? And how do citizens navigate through insecurity? These and other questions will be discussed during a debate with two guests from CAR. The  cartoonist  Didier Kassaï and the  journalist Pacôme Pabandji

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