THERE is little medical care in the Muslim quarter of Boda, a mining town 200km (125 miles) south-west of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Fadi Madou was helpless when her six-day-old baby got sick and died. But had she ventured across a wooden bridge into Boda's Christian district to look for a doctor, she, being a Muslim, would probably have ended up dead, too.
In the past year, the CAR has descended into horrendous ethnic and sectarian violence. First, a hotchpotch of mainly Muslim rebel groups from the north, known as the Seleka (Alliance), swept down to Bangui and ousted President François Bozizé. After holding power after a fashion for ten months, it too was forced out amid allegations of rampant human-rights abuses. Since then, mayhem has ... [view whole blog post ]