Here the brutal violence of the past five years has left scars on the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, and turned towns to rubble.
Since 2014, MINUSCA — the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic — has worked to protect civilians and keep the peace. It's here in CAR that one sees firsthand the successes and failures of peacekeeping. To better understand CAR, what's worked here, what hasn't — is to better understand the challenges that peacekeeping operations around the world face protecting civilians caught in the crosshairs of conflict.
Stimson experts Aditi Gorur and Madeline Vellturo traveled to CAR to see the progress made, and the work that remains to be done.
These are their field notes.