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02/05/2019 CAR (International Christian Concern) – The government of CAR and 14 of the rebel militias in the country have signed the 7th peace accord since the coup in 2013. It was signed on Tuesday, 5 February in the Capitla of Sudan, Khartoum. This peace agreement is meant to end the fighting that has been going on between the many Seleka factions and anti-balaka militias. This fighting has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.

The coup started when Muslim Seleka groups overthrew the Christian President François Bozizé in 2013. After they were successful, new militias of mostly Christians and animists formed to fight the new regime. The fighting has turned worse over the past few years as these rival groups have stopped targeting each other, and much more often target civilians, churches, and mosques.

The bloody battles have left many dead and very few areas safe. Though this is not the first peace agreement that has been signed, there is hope that it may be the one that holds. We pray that people might find safety in a country that has been war torn for more than 5 years.

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