Anti-balaka (meaning "anti-machete") is an umbrella term referring to various vigilante groups currently engaged in armed resistance against Seleka rebels, in the north of the CAR. Anti-Balaka was formed during August 2013 and at best can be described as a combination of various militia groups with the majority of fighters being youths without any schooling, with some youths as young as ten. The anti-balaka was purportedly created by the former President Bozizé to fight banditry and include some soldiers who served under Bozizé in the Central African Armed Forces (FACA). Currently the anti-balaka is inter alia comprised of the Association of Central African Farmers (ACP), an anti-Séléka peasant movement, as well as the Front for the Return to the Constitutional Order in Central Africa (FROCCA). FROCCA is a militia made up of ex-army officers loyal to the former president as well as local vigilantes annoyed with Séléka's continued violence. Anti-Balaka strength is estimated…
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