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Rappler's latest stories on sectarian violence


Curfew call in New Delhi after 20 die in sectarian clashes

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:23 PM

The two days of unrest, which has seen clashes between mobs armed with swords and guns, is the worst sectarian violence seen in Delhi in decades

Security personnel stand guard near burnt-out and damaged shops following clashes between people supporting and opposing a contentious amendment to India's citizenship law, in New Delhi on February 26, 2020. Riot police patrolled the streets of India's capital on February 26 following battles between Hindus and Muslims that claimed at least 20 lives, with fears of more violent clashes. Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Four years on, lives of Myanmar's Rohingya still on hold

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:40 PM

We eat when we get our quota If we do not get it we cannot eat says Myee Shay who is among tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya

In this photograph taken on September 7, 2016, a group of minority Muslim Rohingya gather outside a store at the Aung Mingalar displacement camp in Sittwe after the Rakhine State has been effectively split on religious grounds between Buddhists and Muslims since bouts of communal violence tore through the state in 2012, killing scores and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Anti-Muslim sentiment runs high in the impoverished region, fanned by hardline Buddhist nationalists who revile the Rohingya and are viscerally opposed to any move to grant them citizenship. They insist the roughly one-million strong group are intruders from neighbouring Bangladesh, even though many can trace their ancestry in Myanmar back generations. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

43 Shiites killed as gunmen attack bus in Pakistan

May 13, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Pakistan is seeing a rising tide of sectarian violence in recent years particularly against Shiites who make up around 20 of the country s predominantly Muslim population

Central Africa's fragile peace a year after mass killings

Dec 08, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Twelve months after the deployment of the Operation Sangaris force the massacres have ceased but the Central African Republic is still reeling from the unrest

SECURITY. A file photo taken on April 16, 2014 shows people watching a convoy of French troops of the Sangaris forces driving between Grimari and Bambari, in the center of the Central African Republic. Miguel Medina/AFP

'Protect Iraqi Christians' - Pope Francis

Aug 07, 2014 - 9:10 PM

The 77 year old pontiff calls on the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by the violence and to guarantee all necessary help to refugees

US still hopeful for Gaza ceasefire - Kerry

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:32 PM

While on a visit to India US Secretary of State John Kerry says his government is hoping the violence in Gaza will end soon

US State Secretary John Kerry

Chad leader calls for more UN troops in Central Africa

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:49 AM

Chad s Deby warns that France and the African Union cannot carry out their mission properly whatever their determination as they did not have enough troops

Central Africa leader names ministers from previous gov't

Feb 06, 2014 - 1:04 PM

At least 12 members of the new cabinet were part of the previous government or held key posts on Djotodia s staff

Baghdad bombs, including near Green Zone, kill 33

Feb 06, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Diplomats have urged the Shiite led government to reach out to the Sunni Arab minority to undercut support for militancy but Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki has taken a hard stance

Central African PM names new government

Jan 28, 2014 - 8:59 AM

Andre Nzapayeke s transitional government faces the daunting task of ending the bloodshed

Violence erupts in Bangui after resignation of ex-rebel leader

Jan 12, 2014 - 9:01 AM

Ten months of violence have displaced a fifth of the country s population and the sectarian flare up has killed more than 1 000 people in the past month alone

CHAOS IN BANGUI. Looters run for cover as they hear rifle shots near the 'Reconciliation crossroad' in Bangui, on January 11, 2014. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Central African Republic president resigns

Jan 10, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The resignations comes after intense pressure over his failure to stem deadly sectarian violence

Central Africa's 'survival' depends on disarmament – leader

Dec 22, 2013 - 9:16 AM

The mainly Christian country s first Muslim president – who holds the post on an interim basis after seizing power in a March coup – also renewed an offer of talks with the Christian anti balaka vigilantes

CALL FOR DISARMAMENT. Central Africa's interim leader Michel Djotodia gives a statement to the press at his Bangui residence on December 21, 2013. AFP/Miguel Medina

Ex-rebels killed 'nearly 1,000' in Bangui rampage

Dec 19, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Communal violence exploded in Bangui after silently terrorizing more remote parts of the country since a March coup made enemies out of Muslims and Christians who had long lived together in harmony

SECURING BANGUI. French troops patrol in a street of the Muslim PK-5 district in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 16, 2013. AFP/Fred Dufour

France: Other European nations to deploy troops to Central Africa

Dec 18, 2013 - 8:20 AM

The United Nations says some 210 000 people have been displaced in the capital Bangui alone in two weeks of unrest largely pitting Christians against Muslims

SECURING BANGUI. French troops patrol in a street of the Muslim PK-5 district in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 16, 2013. AFP/Fred Dufour

More than 600 killed in a week of C.Africa violence – UN

Dec 13, 2013 - 10:30 PM

Sectarian violence in Central African Republic has left over 600 dead over the span of a week

Myanmar president visits riot-hit western state

Oct 02, 2013 - 12:49 PM

President Thein Sein arrived in Rakhine on Tuesday October 1 on his first trip to the region since a wave of religious bloodshed first erupted in June 2012

Baghdad area car bombs kill at least 30

Sep 30, 2013 - 4:05 PM

The bombs hit 8 different areas 6 of them Shiite majority one confessionally mixed and another Sunni majority

Iraq attacks kill 11 as violence spirals

May 30, 2013 - 3:51 PM

The UN has called for Iraq s leaders to urgently hold talks to resolve wide ranging political disputes that have been linked to the surge in unrest

Wave of Iraq attacks kills 58

May 28, 2013 - 9:37 AM

UPDATE Attacks in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq killed 58 people on Monday May 27

FRESH ATTACKS. Iraqi men gather at the scene of one of the two car bombs that exploded near an used car dealerships in Baghdad's Habibiyah area on May 27, 2013. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Bomb kills at least 45 in Karachi

Mar 04, 2013 - 10:03 AM

The explosion blew the front off two five story apartment blocks in the Abbas town area of Pakistan s largest city setting one on fire and trapping people beneath piles of rubble

ATTACK IN KARACHI. People gather on the site of bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan on March 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ASIF HASSAN

28 dead in Myanmar communal unrest: official

Jun 14, 2012 - 3:12 PM

A state of emergency has been declared for Rakhine state which has been rocked by a wave of rioting and arson posing a major test for the reformist government which took power last year