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USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive: Central African Republic Conflict

Established in 1994 to preserve the audio-visual histories of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world: the Visual History Archive (VHA).

Central African Republic Conflict

Extreme sectarian violence in the Central African Republic between the pro-Muslim coalition Seleka and the pro-Christian movement Anti-Balaka that began in 2012 and escalated after Michel Djotodia seized power from François Bozizé in March 2013. By 2017, the ongoing conflict had resulted in the death of 3,000–6,000 and the displacement of 500,000 people internally and 500,000 to other countries.

In July 2017, the USC Shoah Foundation added to the VHA four testimonies from witnesses of the ongoing Central African Republic conflict. The interviews were recorded by the USC Shoah Foundation in Kigali, Rwanda, in January 2016. Three of these interviews are in French and one is in English.


Selected Indexing Terms


Bambari (Ouaka, Central African Republic)

Bangassou (Mbomou, Central African Republic)

Bangui (Central African Republic)

Baptist-Mid Missions

Basse-Kotto (Central African Republic : Prefecture)

belief change

Boko Haram

Bozizé, François

Central African Republic 1960 (August 14) – 1965 (December 31)

Central African Republic 1966 (January 1) – 1979 (September 20)

Central African Republic 1979 (September 21) - 1981 (September 1)

Central African Republic 1981 (September 2) - 1993 (October 22)

Central African Republic 1993 (October 22) – 2003 (March 15)

Central African Republic 2003 (March 15) – 2013 (March 24)

Central African Republic 2013 (March 25) - present

Central African Republic armed forces

Central African Republic conflict awareness

Central African Republic conflict reflections

Central African Republic conflict-related psychological reactions

Central African Republic government officials

Central African Republic history

Central African Republic refugees

Central Africans

Christian identity

Christian religious beliefs


Conseil National de la Jeunesse Centrafricaine

Coordination des musulmans de Centrafrique

Djotodia coup d'état (March 24-25, 2013)


flight from Central African Republic

future message


inter-faith relations




Kembé (Basse-Kotto, Central African Republic)


Kilomètre Cinq (Bangui, Central African Republic : Neighborhood)

M’Poko Airport (Bangui, Central African Republic : Refugee Camp)

mass violence reflections

migration to Central African Republic


Naibi, Ahmadou Tidjani Moussa


non-violent resistance

Operation Sangaris (December 5, 2013 - October 31, 2016)

Ouaka (Central African Republic : Prefecture)

Pope Francis

post-Rwandan Tutsi Genocide reflections

property seizure


Réseau des Filles et Femmes Élites Pour le Développement


security (motivation)


United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

violence participation motivations


Selected Bibliography

Lombard, Louisa. State of Rebellion: Violence and Intervention in the Central African Republic. London: Zed Books, 2016.

Visual History Archive Curator

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Crispin Brooks