The Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic (CAR) says it has reorganised itself to exercise greater control over its fighters in the north by implementing a new chain of command.
The extreme Islamist Seleka rebels started capturing major towns in the CAR’s Eastern and Central regions in December 2012. They swept into Bangui in March 2013, aiming to install an Islamist government and apply Sharia law.
They have now been fighting with the anti-Balaka militias for more than one year: their members combine traditional African religious practice with nominal Christianity. The conflict has displaced about 25% of CAR’s majority Christian population.The UN has pledged to send 12,000 peacekeepers amid fears of a genocide.