3. Central African Republic, 110.6
The Central African Republic (CAR) shot up six spots in the rankings this year due to a widening sectarian conflict that has plunged the country into a terrifying cycle of chaos and bloodshed. In March 2013, the Seleka (which means "alliance," in Sango, the CAR's main language), Muslim rebels from the country's marginalized northeast, seized control of the capital, Bangui, ousting President François Bozizé. The Seleka takeover and ensuing carnage set off a vicious and violent series of attacks and counterattacks that have lasted for about 15 months. Muslims, who make up roughly 15 percent of the country's population, have become targets of Christian militias, calling themselves anti-balaka, or "machete," forces. Brutal massacres of Muslims by Christians have prompted tens of thousands of Muslims to flee the country: This "de facto ethnic cleansing," as it has been labeled by aid organizations, has led to the displacement of around a quarter of the country's 4.6 million people. Despite intervention efforts from the United Nations, European Union, and France as well as international aid organizations, continued clashes between militias have halted economic activity, shut down schools, and caused rampant food scarcity.
Mourners wait in a cemetery in Bangui for the coffin of Reverend Paul-Emile Nzale, 76, who was killed in a May 28 attack on a Bangui church.
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