People sit atop a vehicle loaded with people and goods, part of a convoy of vehicles carrying Muslims from the PK12 district, outside of Bangui, before leaving the city on April 27, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO)
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Heavily armed African and French peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic's volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped in their neighborhood by violent Christian militants.One man quickly scrawled "Youth Center" in black marker across the front of the mosque.Sunday's exodus further partitions the country, a process that has been underway since January, when a Muslim rebel government gave up power nearly a year after overthrowing the president of a decade.The long-chaotic country's political crisis has prompted fears of genocide since it first intensified in December when Christian militants stormed the capital in an attempt to overthrow the Muslim rebel government.The rebel leader-turned-president ultimately resigned, and mob killings of Muslims and mutilation of their bodies took place on a near-daily basis in Bangui earlier this year. Tens of thousands of Muslims were escorted to safety in neighboring Chad, though earlier convoys were fraught with violence. The delegates are expected to meet with Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza, the prime minister and foreign minister, as well as with Muslim and Christian religious leaders, the group said Sunday in a statement to The Associated Press.
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