Life and Death in the Central African Republic

Horrifying images from Africa's most dangerous conflict

by Michael Christopher Brown | April 30, 2014

photo credit: Michael Christopher Brown

In the current issue of The New Republic, Graeme Wood writes about the ongoing slaughter in the Central African Republic (CAR). Wood travelled to CAR in March with photographer Michael Christopher Brown, who documented the the armed forces, militants, and refugees in the capital city, one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Here are a few of his photos. 

 READ: A Report from the Bloody, Crumbling Central African Republic

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One of the many roadblocks in the capital city of Bangui.
 
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Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Paul Karangwa, Commander of the Rwandan forces in C.A.R., directing fire against Anti-Balaka forces while protecting a food convoy of Muslim drivers.
 
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A soldier in CAR's national army inspects a destroyed helicopter on base.
 
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Recruitment and training at a base of the Central African Armed Forces in Bangui.
 
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A Muslim child at a mosque in an imperiled Bangui neighborhood. 
 
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Muslim students have fled this Bangui secondary school in large numbers.
 
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Rwandan peacekeepers keep watch next to the Miskine mosque, in a neighborhood purged of Muslims.
 
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Half of Bangui's international airport has turned into a tent city for displaced Christians.
  
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A Rwandan soldier in a Bangui neighborhood with many Anti-Balaka.
 
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At a makeshift catholic service at the M’Poko IDP camp, at the airport in Bangui.
 
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At the M’Poko IDP camp, a mostly Christian camp located at the Bangui International Airport, children play on the runway. Anti-Balaka fighters mingle freely with the civilians there.
 
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An Anti-Balaka fighter demonstrates a decapitation technique on his friend at the M’Poko IDP camp at Bangui International Airport.
 
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Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Paul Karangwa, commander of the Rwandan forces in CAR.
  
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In a Bangui neighborhood purged of Muslims.
 
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In the Miskine neighborhood of Bangui.

Read Graeme Wood's Report from the Central African Republic

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