marcus bleasdale@marcusbleasdale

Photographer @ National Geographic Magazine and Human Rights Watch. On assignment in Central African Republic for @natgeo www.congokidsinitiative.org

http://www.marcusbleasdale.com

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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Anti Balaka on the road to Boda. They are going there to attack the muslim residents who remain there. Previous the muslims were protected by the seleka but they fled leaving the civilians to their fate. Over 40 muslims have been killed in the town in 5 days and nearly 50 Christians. Feb 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Muslims flee the town of Bangui together with Chadian special forces. Over 10,000 peole leave the city for Chad on a huge convoy as the Muslim population is forced out of the country by the population of CAR. Feb 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
The mother of Eliam Fedongare 24, greets him and celebrates as he arrives home wirth his father Jean de Dieux. They were abducted in their farm by Seleka as they fled Bangui to carry their belongings for them. They were forced marched through the bush for 9 days and 4 of the others who were taken were shot and killed when they became too tired to continue. They escaped during an attack on a local village. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
A funeral of a young man 24 years old who died due to lack of access to medication. This is the real killer in these conflicts when the health structure falls apart and people can not access life saving treatment. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Rwandan Troops patrol the streets of Bangui during the curfew. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
A member of the Christian population around PK13 on the outskirts of Bangui runs through looted and burning homes of the Muslims who have fled after the Seleka President Michel Djotodia resigned and left the country in disarray The country was ruled by a minority Muslim government after the coup in March 2013. After months of oppression by the Muslim Seleka Government the local population take out their anger and frustrations on the largely innocent Muslim population. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Civilians living close to the Seleka Camp Kasai celebrate as the Sleka fighters are moved out towards PK11. They have been living with the shadow of Seleka abuses for over nine months. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Anti Balaka fighters in their base near the airport they talk of all Muslims needing to leave the country and wanting to clean their country of those who don’t love their country. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Christian Anti Balaka attack muslim property in PK 13 on the outskirts of Bangui after the Muslim Seleka government fell and the Muslims in the area have fled. The Christian community is taking revenge for the months of harsh Muslim Seleka rule, trying to destroy and loot everything in the Muslim districts. There are very few Muslims left in Bangui and even fewer in the outlying towns northwest of Bangui as the Christian population target all muslim communities, killing, burning and looting. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
A Christian market transporter is attacked by Muslims who are angered at the killing of one of their community and the injuring of another. They lynch the first non Muslim they can find. He escaped. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
A Christian market transporter is attacked by Muslims who are angered at the killing of one of their community and the injuring of another. They lynch the first non Muslim they can find. He escaped. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
The body of Nana Abdul Karim 34, father of 8 children, is carried back to his home for burial. He was shot, by French soldiers, while buying breakfast for his children. They reported he was demonstrating and firing a weapon at them, but most people in this district have only bows and arrows. The community is being attacked by anti balaka and penned in by french soldiers, they are trying to flee for Chad but there are limited trucks and resources. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Anti Balaka on the road out of Bossangoa after attacks on the town. Dec 2013


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Children from the Christian population around PK13 on the outskirts of Bangui loot and burn the homes of the Muslims who have fled after the Seleka President Michel Djotodia resigned and left the country in disarray The country was ruled by a minority Muslim government after the coup in March 2013. After months of oppression by the Muslim Seleka Government the local population take out their anger and frustrations on the largely innocent Muslim population. Jan 2014


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Machete collected by FOMAC troops in the disarmament process. Dec. 2013


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. Seleka Soldiers gather after a battle in Bossangoa


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
A child soldier in the Seleka forces in Bossangoa.


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
The prison in Berbérati, a town near the Cameroonian border, holds former Anti-Balaka fighters detained for crimes ranging from banditry to kidnapping and murder. The fighting has left the justice system understaffed in some parts of the country, as many judges, lawyers, police officers, and administrators have not yet returned to their posts.


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
A mother protects her child from gunfire as displaced seek shelter in the compound of the FOMAC in Bossangoa as Anti Balaka and Seleka forces attack the town.


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
An anti-balaka fighter stands in a stream near the trading center of Ndjo that displaced residents cross daily to reach their shelters in the bush. Most of the town's 14,000 residents have sought shelter in the bush, with no access to clean water or medicine. The village’s health center was raided in September 2013 and all their medical supplies were looted. November 5, 2013.


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
Seleka fighters at a checkpoint on the road out of Bossangoa. They regularly rob local residents who have to cross the checkpoint on their return into town after searching for food in the countryside. November 4, 2013.


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. A child works at an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso-Nakombo, near the border with Cameroon. Seleka rebels have withdrawn from this part of the country, but fighters for Anti-Balaka militias and bandits often prey on the miners.


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
A Gold mine in Bambari - Families including women, children clean gold ore at a mine near Bambari. The rebels claim a share for “security.” Gold is plentiful in the Central African Republic, but corruption and political instability have kept the profits from benefiting the people.


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀
An ex-Seleka rebel stands guard as men and boys dig for gold at a mine near Bambari. The rebels claim a share for “security.” Gold is plentiful in the Central African Republic, but corruption and political instability have kept the profits from benefiting the people. July 2015


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating oil some areas. ⠀
Berbérati’s main mosque was looted and abandoned after Christian-led militias forced Muslims out in 2014. Before the conflict Muslims made up a quarter of the town’s population and ran many businesses. “They are very important to this community,” says Mayor Albert Eustache Nakombo. “We want them to return.”


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As part of an awareness campaign, I am posting archive images taken for @humanrightswatch and @natgeo in Central African Republic over the past four years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating in some areas. ⠀⠀
People displaced by the fighting between ex-Seleka and anti-balaka forces find shelter in an old factory on the grounds of the Catholic church in Bossangoa. November 2, 2013.


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As part of an awareness campaign I am reposting images taken for @hrw and @natgeo in Central African Republic over 4 years. The conflict is still ongoing and escalating. The UN needs more focus and specific intervention to boost troop numbers and become more effective in peacekeeping. Khadidja Alhadji Adbou, a 30-year-old Mboro woman, witnessed anti-balaka forces shooting and killing her husband and three children. In the same attack, she was shot in the neck but survived. October 31, 2013.


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The final prayers at the burial of the eight-month-old Sakura Lisi, the daughter of a gold miner in Mongbwalu, northeastern Congo. 2004⠀


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The coffin arrives for the burial of eight-month-old Sakura Lisi, the daughter of a gold miner in Mongbwalu, northeastern Congo. She died from anaemia brought on by malaria. 2004⠀


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Mapenzi Boloma, ten-months-old, died from diarrhoea and vomiting several days after arriving in the Gety camp. She was one of eighteen people who died that day, just before Congo’s historic elections. 2006⠀


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