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Just One Month In, Optimism Around CAR’s Peace Deal Is Fading

Expand Anti-Balaka fighter in Gambo, Mboumou province, Central African Republic, on August 16, 2017.  © 2017 Alexis Huguet There is no doubt a peace deal could be transformative for the Central African Republic. Armed groups control 80 percent of the territory. Tens of thousands of people languish in internal displacement camps in the center of the country. About 1.2 million people are either refugees or internally displaced. So there was cautious optimism last month when the parties agreed a new deal – the eighth since 2012 – in Khartoum under African Union auspices. But there are worrying…

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