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Fighting groups sign truce in CAR

BBC World Service

A ceasefire agreement has been signed in Rome between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and rebel groups in the country.

The truce, which takes effect immediately, will see armed groups in the CAR included in the political process in exchange for ending attacks.

The agreement was brokered by the Sant'Edigio Catholic Community in the wake of several years of sectarian violence between mainly Christian and Muslim militias, and the deployment of a long-running United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country.


A general view of the refugee camp near the airport in Bangui on December 19, 2013. Amnesty International said today the Central African Republic's mostly Muslim ex-rebels killed nearly 1,000 people in the capital Bangui two weeks ago in a rampage avenging deadly Christian militia attacks
The conflict forced many people to flee to camps

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Clashes have been escalating since September 2016

The Central African Republic has been in turmoil since 2013, when Muslim rebels from the Seleka group seized power in the predominantly Christian country. A band of mostly Christian militias, called the anti-Balaka, rose up to counter the Seleka. After a relative calm in 2016, the country is sliding back to violence, according to the international charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Border). Brian Willett is the head of mission for MSF in the Central African Republic. (Photo: A general view shows the Central African Republic town of Bria. Credit: Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty Images)

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More than 100 were killed as violence flared in the Central African Republic

As peace-keeping troops started pulling out of the Central African Republic, rival armed groups renewed their conflicts. Zack Baddorf in Bangui talks to Celia Hatton in London. (Photo: A member of the anti-Balaka militia poses in the Central African Republic Credit: Reuters)