In March, rebel groups came together to oust long-time Central African Republic President François Bozizé. Since then, fighting between the mostly Muslim rebel coalition, known as the Seleka, and local self-defense militias called the anti-Balaka, has surged. The violence has been brutal and widespread, forcing thousands upon thousands of people to flee their homes. Photographer Marcus Bleasdale, along with Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch, traveled to the regional capital, Bossangoa, to see these villages and the people for themselves. Read Bouckaert's account in this FP dispatch, "'We Live and Die Here Like Animals.'"
Above, child soldiers of the anti-Balaka forces in the villages surrounding the town of Bossangoa pose for a picture on Nov. 3. They are very poorly armed with only hunting rifles and bows and arrows.