Rival communities begin reconciliation process in Central African Republic

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Internally Displaced Children in Bangui, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Rival communities in the Central African Republic are finding ways to work towards reconciliation according to a UN human rights expert.

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and over two million need humanitarian aid as a result of the ongoing conflict between Christians and Muslims that began in December 2012.

Speaking at the end of a mission to the country, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, said she saw communities coming together in Bangassou, one town that she visited.

"In this region there was a kind of platform for reconciliation that brings together the Muslim and Christian populations. We also have a mediation council which is very effective, but of course we still have some concerns."

Earlier in the month the Security Council unanimously approved the deployment of a 12,000 strong UN peacekeeping operation in the country.

The priority of the mission, which is called MINUSCA, is the protection of civilians.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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