The latest news from the Central African Republic is shocking and horrific. Villages burned to the ground; machete attacks; the cold-blooded execution of civilians; more than 120 bodies collected by Red Cross volunteers; thousands of terrified people hiding in the hills.
The European Union is calling it an “alarming” and “urgent” situation, with the entire population at “grave risk” because of the chaos and power vacuum. Rebels have overthrown the former government, but the new regime is too weak to stop the violent gangs that roam the countryside. Sectarian clashes are escalating, and more than 300,000 people have fled their homes this year alone, while the state has nearly collapsed.