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UN urges religious peace in CAR

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon has urged warring Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic to stop the bloodshed which has left more than 600 people dead in the past week. French security forces raised the alarm on 13 December over worsening violence in CAR, as attacks become more frequent, and tension continue to rise.

UN urges religious peace in CAR
An Anti-Balaka fighter, member of a militia opposed to the Seleka rebel group, puts a knife to his throat showing what he would do to any Seleka, on the outskirts of the Boy-Rabe neighborhood in Bangui on December 14, 2013. France raised alarm on December 13 over worsening violence in the Central African Republic, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged warring Christians and Muslims to stop the bloodshed that has left more than 600 dead in the past week. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
Anti-Balaka fighters, members of a militia opposed to the Seleka rebel group, show their weapons and amulets in a village in the Boy-Rabe neighborhood in Bangui on December 14, 2013. France raised alarm on December 13 over worsening violence in the Central African Republic, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged warring Christians and Muslims to stop the bloodshed that has left more than 600 dead in the past week. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
The Archibishop of Bangui Dieu Donne Nzapa Lainga preaches to people gathering at a refugee camp close to the Bangui airport on December 14, 2013. France raised alarm on December 13 over worsening violence in the Central African Republic, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged warring Christians and Muslims to stop the bloodshed that has left more than 600 dead in the past week. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
A French Puma helicopter flies over Bangui on December 14, 2013. Sectarian tensions rose in the Central African Republic even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead in a week. France sent troops into its ex-colony at the weekend to bolster an African peacekeeping force that has struggled to contain increasing violence, including sectarian clashes between Christians and Muslims. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
People gather in the refugee camp, close to the airport of Bangui on December 14, 2013. Sectarian tensions rose in the Central African Republic even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead in a week. UNHCR said the violence had forced nearly 160,000 residents of Bangui from their homes in the past week. They were spread over some 40 sites, including in camps, churches and mosques. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
A boy rests on his cart in the refugee camp, close to the airport of Bangui on December 14, 2013. Sectarian tensions rose in the Central African Republic even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead in a week. UNHCR said the violence had forced nearly 160,000 residents of Bangui from their homes in the past week. They were spread over some 40 sites, including in camps, churches and mosques. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
People walk on the tarmac to reach the refugee camp, close to the airport of Bangui on December 14, 2013. Sectarian tensions rose in the Central African Republic even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead in a week. UNHCR said the violence had forced nearly 160,000 residents of Bangui from their homes in the past week. They were spread over some 40 sites, including in camps, churches and mosques. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
People carry containers on their heads as they cross the tarmac to reach the refugee camp, close to the airport of Bangui on December 14, 2013. Sectarian tensions rose in the Central African Republic even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead in a week. UNHCR said the violence had forced nearly 160,000 residents of Bangui from their homes in the past week. They were spread over some 40 sites, including in camps, churches and mosques. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
People walk in a refugee camp, close to the airport of Bangui on December 14, 2013. Sectarian tensions rose in the Central African Republic even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead in a week. UNHCR said the violence had forced nearly 160,000 residents of Bangui from their homes in the past week. They were spread over some 40 sites, including in camps, churches and mosques. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
Children play in the courtyard of the Don Bosco center in Bangui on December 14, 2013, where thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs), including hundreds of unaccompanied children, live, according to calculations undertaken by UNICEF. More than 600 people have been killed and 159,000 displaced in sectarian violence that has ravaged the Central African Republic in the past week, the UN's refugee agency said on December 13. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
French troops patrol in the streets of the Galabadja neighborhood in Bangui on December 14, 2013 as part of operation Sangaris. France raised alarm on December 13 over worsening violence in the Central African Republic, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged warring Christians and Muslims to stop the bloodshed that has left more than 600 dead in the past week. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
Soldiers of the Multinational Force of Central Africa (FOMAC) monitor a United Nations (UNICEF) cargo plane carrying medical and food supplies for the internally displaced people (IDP) on December 13, 2013. More than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence tearing though the Central African Republic in the past week, including 27 Muslims killed on December 12 in a western village, the UN said today. The resource-rich but poverty-stricken majority Christian country was plunged into chaos following a March coup by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels. A fresh wave of violence enveloped the country on December 5, prompting French troops to deploy last week in a bid to stop communal strife that had sparked global alarm and talk of a possible genocide. (AFP/Getty Images)
UN urges religious peace in CAR
Women wait at a food distribution set up by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) near a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Bangui on December 13, 2013. More than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence tearing though the Central African Republic in the past week, including 27 Muslims killed on December 12 in a western village, the UN said today. The resource-rich but poverty-stricken majority Christian country was plunged into chaos following a March coup by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels. A fresh wave of violence enveloped the country on December 5, prompting French troops to deploy last week in a bid to stop communal strife that had sparked global alarm and talk of a possible genocide. (AFP/Getty Images)