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Social cohesion in the Central African Republic

Ngah Gabriel, Kiven James Kewir


The ethno-religious conflict that resulted from the Seleka rebellion of 2012–2013 has had serious implications for social cohesion in the Central African Republic (CAR). The purpose of this study was to examine the reasons for the current decline of social cohesion (albeit already weak) in the CAR and to explore the opportunities that are available to enhance cohesion. Using a qualitative research strategy, three sources of social erosion in the CAR were identified: insecurity, the undemocratic nature of CAR regimes, and the polarising nature of the international environment. To effectively address the challenges to social cohesion in the CAR, it is recommended that concrete efforts be made to promote democracy.

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