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While the armed groups in the Central African Republic boast grandiose titles including words such as ‘front’ and ‘people’, extortion is usually their raison d’être. Most are led by Peulh (Fulani) people. The Union des forces démocratiques pour le rassemblement (UFDR) and the Convention des patriotes pour la justice et la paix (CPJP) live off the diamond miners. The Armée populaire pour la restauration de la république et la démocratie (APRD) collects fees from local markets. The Front patriotique pour le rassemblement (FPR) provides ‘protection’ for Peulh herders (known in CAR and South Sudan as Mbororo) who would otherwise fall victim to bandits (often known as zaraguinas), other militias (including the above-mentioned) and the Forces armées centrafricaines (FACA, the national army) and the Gendarmerie.

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South Sudan, Baba Laddé, Omar Abdul Kader, Chadian, Abdoulaye Issène, Abdoulaye Miskine, Martin Koumta Madji Nadingar, Maradas Lakoué, Abakar Sabone, Cameroon, Nigeria, Jean-Jacques Demafouth, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Idriss Déby Itno, raison d’être, Union des forces démocratiques pour le rassemblement, Convention des patriotes pour la justice et la paix, Armée populaire pour la restauration de la république et la démocratie, Front patriotique pour le rassemblement, Forces armées centrafricaines, Gendarmerie, maréchal des logis chef, zaraguinas, Boko Haram, Al Qaida

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