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In the Central African Republic (CAR), schools have been looted, damaged or occupied by displaced people and many teachers and students have fled.

In Boyé village, their school is operational, however, the majority of classrooms do not have desks or chairs.

Following a coup in March 2013, mostly Muslim-led Seleka fighters were involved in a series of brutal attacks, including widespread killing of civilians, burning and looting of homes, and other serious crimes. This prompted the formation of the anti-Balaka militia, catalyzing a vicious cycle of violence.

After two years, CAR continues to face a major humanitarian crisis. Nearly a million people have been displaced from their homes, and 2.7 million people, more than half of the population, are in need of assistance immediate.

Photo by Michael Stulman/Catholic Relief Services