The current crisis in CAR began in December 2012, when the northern-based Muslim Séléka forces overthrew the government, forcing then-president François Bozizé to flee the country. This led to the formation of Christian self-defense militia groups, the Anti-Balaka. Since then CAR has experienced spiraling violence (including atrocities and massacres), inter-community tensions and ethno-religious conflict. World Vision started working in CAR in March 2013 at the peak of the conflict. Based on the scale of the humanitarian crisis and existing development deficits, World Vision developed a multi-sectoral program to meet urgent needs and build longer-term resilience of communities in CAR. At the heart of this approach was a cross-cutting emphasis on building social cohesion and peace-building efforts.
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