In March 2013, the Muslim-dominated Seleka rebel movement seized power in Bangui, bringing the corrupt regime of François Bozizé to an end.

But a reign of terror ensued for weeks as soldiers backing the new president, Michel Djotodia, led a wave of violence and looting targeting Christian communities.

Michaël Zumstein has made a number of trips to the Central African Republic, the first in September 2013, when he witnessed violent attacks on Christian civilians. Zumstein was also there when the Christian self-defense militia, called Anti-Balaka, gained control and consequently the Muslims were forced to flee.

These photographs stand as a record of the unprecedented violence that continues unabated to this day.

— Agence VU’


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