2014 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Chaos in Central African Republic


William Daniels

Panos Pictures for Time

21 November, 2013

People hide in the bush between the towns of Bossangoa and Bossembele, in November. They had left their village two months previously, following attacks by Séléka militia.

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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45.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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