Franco-Swiss photojournalist Michaël Zumstein has been following the crisis and sectarian violence in the Central African Republic since March 2013 when mostly Muslim rebels known as Séléka came from the country's far north to overthrow the president.
This content was published on February 4, 2014 - 10:25
Their ten-month reign was marked by widespread human rights abuses and deepening divisions between the country's Muslim minority and Christian majority.
Bitter hatred over their rule has led to mobs carrying out public killings and lynchings of anyone perceived as being part of Séléka. Almost one million people, or a quarter of the population, have been displaced by fighting since March 2013. At least 2,000 people have been killed.
The United Nations has warned that the conflict in the landlocked former French colony could spiral into genocide. France sent 1,600 troops to Central African Republic to assist some 5,000 African Union peacekeepers, while the European Union agreed in January to send around 500 troops. The spiral of revenge violence in the country continues unabated, however (all pictures by: Michaël Zumstein, Agence VU).