2014 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Chaos in Central African Republic


William Daniels

Panos Pictures for Time

17 November, 2013

Demonstrators gather in the capital Bangui to protest following the killing of a judge by Séléka militia. Half an hour after this photo was taken, Séléka gunmen fired into the crowd, killing two people and wounding another.

In March, an alliance of mainly Muslim rebel groups known as Séléka seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR). The Séléka were then disbanded, but renegade groups continued to target civilians of the country’s Christian majority. Vigilante Christian militia, known as Anti-balaka, sprung up to defend their communities. Hundreds were killed, and some 400,000 people displaced, as violence in the CAR escalated. France sent 1,600 troops to the country to protect civilians and disarm the various militias, while the United Nations warned of deepening chaos and a spiral into genocide.

About the photographer

William Daniels

William Daniels' work revolves around social issues and humanitarian concerns, mostly in isolated or weakened communities. Past projects have focused on malaria, AIDS and tubercu...

Technical information

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Focal length
28.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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