Source: (2010) Berkeley, CA: Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkley.
DECADES OF POLITICAL INSTABILITY, state fragility, mismanagement, and a series of armed conflicts
have led the Central African Republic (CAR) to a state of widespread violence and poverty. This study
provides a better understanding of the scope and magnitude of violence in CAR and its consequences,
as well as a snapshot of what the citizens of CAR believe is the best way to restore peace. It also examines
the issue of justice and accountability for the serious crimes that were committed.
This report provides the findings from a survey of 1,879 adults, residents of CAR, randomly selected
in the capital city of Bangui, and the prefectures of Lobaye, Ombella Mâ€™Poko, Ouham, and Ouham
Pende. These prefectures encompass a large geographic area representing 52 percent of the total
population of CAR and have experienced varying levels of exposure to the conflicts. Locally trained
teams conducted the interviews between November and December 2009.
This report provides a detailed analysis of results on a wide range of topics related to the populationâ€™s
priorities and needs, exposure to violence, security, community cohesion and engagement, access
to information, conflict resolution, reintegration of former combatants, transitional justice, and
reparations for victims. Interviewers used an open-ended format and respondents could provide more
than one answer to most questions. (excerpt)
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