Central African Republic War Leaves 2,000 Missing, Group Says

More than 2,000 people are missing as a result of Central African Republic’s civil war, a group of human-rights organizations said.

The figure was calculated after surveying people who haven’t had contact with family members, Mathias Morouba, a spokesman for a network of rights groups, told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Bangui. About 1,500 of the total are from the country’s east, he said.

The Central African Republic has been gripped by lawlessness since the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew Francois Bozize in 2013. The takeover, which was marked by the widespread killing of civilians, brought Michel Djotodia to power until he was forced to resign in January 2014. The country is now led by a transitional government.

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