God doesn’t need humans to defend Him.
Christianity is an ancient religion, over 2000 years old. In the new world of science and intellect, either Christianity can stand up to intense investigation or it should be rightfully dissed as a relic of the past and a hoax. Everywhere you go on the internet, debates kick-off about whether Christ is real or not or whether Christianity is a copy of other religions or traditions. Philosophers, atheist and skeptics battle to be the ones to scratch your itching ear, I understand because I’ve been there.
Dr. Simon Greenleaf (Harvard University) said, “According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of Jesus Christ and his resurrection than for just about any other event in history.” Here’s some facts that may help you make an educated decision.
Despite all the internet chatter, Christianity actually does have mountains of evidence to support it.
Here’s 11 facts that support it.
1.) In ancient times, the existence of Jesus was never denied by even those who opposed Christianity.
Christopher Tuckett states that the existence of Jesus and his crucifixion by Pontius Pilate seem to be part of the bedrock of historical tradition, based on the availability of non-Christian evidence. Graham Stanton states that “today nearly all historians, whether Christians or not, accept that Jesus existed”.
A number of ancient non-Christian documents, such as Jewish and Greco-Roman sources, have been used in historical analyses of the existence of Jesus. These include the works of 1st century Roman historians Josephus and Tacitus. Josephus scholar Louis H. Feldman has stated that “few have doubted the genuineness” of Josephus’ reference to Jesus in Antiquities 20, 9, 1. Bart D. Ehrman states that the existence of Jesus and his crucifixion by the Romans is attested to by a wide range of sources, including Josephus and Tacitus. In fact, almost all modern scholars consider the baptism of Jesus and his crucifixion to be the two most historically certain facts about him. (Interestingly enough, no one ever seems to have denied the historicity of Jesus until around the 18th or 19th centuries.) (For more info click here)
2.) Jesus made claims about himself
In the Holy Bible, Jesus makes many claims. His claims about himself are so extraordinary that the only rational conclusion is that he is either who he claims he is (and therefore certainly not a mere man or a myth) or he was a madman or a blatant liar. (either way he can’t be both God in the flesh and a liar!)
3.) At least eight of the apostles were killed for their faith
Even at the moment of their death, not one apostle recanted their story, including the public claims of Jesus. Who do you know would purposely die for a lie? I don’t know any. Hundreds, to thousands of Christians died brutal deaths for their conviction. Again, who purposely dies for a lie?
4.) There are solid proofs of these martyr deaths.
Hard evidence has surfaced from Josephus regarding apostle James’ murder, and the unanimous testimony of the early church fathers regarding Paul and Peter’s murders. This not only proves these mens existence and death but also their faith and willingness to die for Jesus. Again, who purposely dies for a lie?
5.) Jesus did miraculous deeds.
An important point is that so many of his deeds were done in the public (“as you yourselves know” Acts 2:22). The fact that Jesus worked miracles was even attested to, at least indirectly, by Josephus and authors of the Talmud. The miraculous acts are completely consistent with the claims that Jesus made and with Old Testament predictions about the coming Messiah. This is very important especially knowing that the Jews generally denied His divinity and would have delighted in proving that he never did miracles.
6.) Jesus is the Messiah
Jesus is the prophesied Messiah because, even as he claimed in (Luke 24:44) he fulfilled the expectations of the Jewish Messiah as recorded in the historical prophecies and in the many historical foreshadows in the Old Testament. One can mention many specific historical prophecies, including Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 12:10. Psalms 110, Daniel 7, Isaiah 52, 53 and others are messianic, even by Jewish standards. Their fulfillment is a matter of historical record. Plus, the evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls leaves no doubt that these Messianic expectations come from hundreds of years before Jesus was born.
7.) Jesus was bodily resurrected
This seems to put the nail in the coffin of both the man and the myth conclusion. The facts remain to be explained. Why was the tomb empty and why did hundreds of eye witnesses see Jesus? The other proposed explanations (stolen body, swoon, etc.) simply do not work. The supernatural explanation is not mathematically proved, but it is easily the most reasonable explanation of the facts, in agreement with the miraculous deeds of Jesus and with the prophecies about the Messiah.
8.) Jesus Christ has transformed more lives than perhaps all other notable humans combined.
His presence in the lives of believers is throughout the ages noting less than astounding! People claiming to be transformed and some of the biggest leaders ever have claimed the same. (Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Abolitionist, almost all U.S. Presidents) and these transformations demand a reasonable explanation. The emergence of the Jesus movement demands a respect of the reality of the biblical Jesus.
9.) The Bible has transformed more lives than perhaps all other notable books combined.
The bible is basically the most printed and purchased book of all time. It has been sifted, studied, commentated upon and dissected more than any book in history. (Nah…for real!) Volumes of books have been written about it and if they were stacked on top of one another they would reach to the sky. (This has actually been measured by some very bored people)
Here’s an excerpt from acclaimed writer, author Jim McGuiggan:
Even if the non-believer can’t accept the Bible as “the inspired word of God” it makes no sense to dismiss it as shallow and of little account. On anyone’s estimate it is a profoundly influential volume that has shaped nations down the centuries and enriched their understanding and pursuit of social justice and personal transformation. I confess it irks me greatly to hear talk-show hosts silence those who quote scripture and then ask for Freudian opinion for some other guest. One doesn’t have to believe in the verbal inspiration of scripture before he or she can recognise that the Bible is the most profound book in Western literature. (Thomas H. Huxley, the agnostic, was a perfect illustration of this truth.) And to dismiss scripture as though it hasn’t changed the world for the better but give (almost amusing) credence to the latest psychological theorising is little short of ludicrous. (The most trenchant criticisms of the whole psychology enterprise these days come from professionals within the field. They’re helping no one, they say, and least of all the practitioners.) So we should let the Bible be heard because, at the very least, it has earned that right as surely as Freud or Maslow or Fromm. (That last sentence strikes me as amusing on the one hand and stupid on the other. Imagine putting these men in the same league with the Hebrew-Christian scriptures, even for comparison sake?)
10.) The New Testament descriptions of Jesus, various rulers and places are very matter of fact.
Luke (one of the authors of the gospels) is a historian of the highest order. He records more than ninety places and dozens of rulers. In every case we can verify from outside sources, he gets the name of the person and even the title right, when these are very difficult to get right in the confusing world of Roman rulers in the Near East. At least nine non-Christian authors in the first and early second century, such as Tacitus, Josephus, Suetonius and others mention Jesus. In point of fact, there are about an equal number of historical references to the emperor Tiberius and no one questions the general accuracy of these references to the emperor who ruled during the ministry of Jesus.
This last one is important for me. I hear so many reports that Christianity has been stolen from ancient Egypt. I did some research and these claims started falling apart the more I studied.
11.) Claims that Jesus, his birth, mission & life was copied from ancient Egyptian stories have been proven false.
After detailed study, you find that a large majority of the claimed parallels are plain old ordinary lies. The small proportion which can actually be found in ancient sources comes from after the Christian age, and was almost certainly borrowed from Christianity and not vice versa.
Attis – died and been resurrected on the third day – it is simply not true. I challenge anyone to find an ancient source which says this. There is none.
Horus – Believers in him never believed that he died and was resurrected on the third day – Anyone claiming his believers did is simply not telling the truth!
Mithra – Some Mithraites believed that he had 12 followers, but the idea of 12 disciples of Mithra came AFTER the gospels were written. The religion of Mithraism was begun after Christianity. The Dec. 25 birth dates was clearly applied to Mithra and others AFTER it was already assigned to Jesus.
Krishna – The oldest sources we have on Krishna come from hundreds of years after Jesus. By the fourth century, Jesus was the dominant religious figure in the Mediterranean and the Near East. Believers in other religions borrowed from Christianity. NOT vice versa.
Dionysus – The oldest sources we have on Dionysus also come from hundreds of years after Jesus.
Mithra, Krishna, Dionysus, Horus, etc. These are not real people. We do not know where they lived, we do not know when they died. We know absolutely nothing about them as historical figures because they are NOT historical figures.
Jesus was a real person. We know where he was born, where he lived, where and how he died, the names of his father, mother, brothers and more than 25 of his closest followers. We know the apostles names and many are mentioned in non-Christian sources. Most of them were killed for believing in Christ.
Buddha was a real person. We know approximately when and where he lived and when he died. Of course, there are few if any parallels between Buddha and Jesus because he was a real person, and therefore harder to mythologize. These other Egyptian characters are easy to parallel simply because they didn’t exist, therefore there’s no one to argue the comparisons.
You got a progressive, congregational church or you don’t. Maybe yours is old-fashioned, with uncomfortable wooden pews and stained-glass windows, a massive organ at the front and a pit for the choir behind.
Every week, 50 or more believers gather and listen to the minister preach from scripture. Maybe your church sings a lot — the choir is talented as ever and the songs – classics.
Every week, there’s a few minutes set aside for folks to shake hands with others and a basket gets passed around for tithes. Members of the congregation ask for specific prayers, and the everyone listens and claims to pray for them.
But what if a man asks for prayers for his brother’s husband — ut oh, the LGBT issue is front and center, what do you do? Do you scream hell or punishment? Do you pray for them? Someone’s getting an abortion, how do you address it? Church used to be clear on these issues but not so loving. The youth want to know where does your church stand on the issues of today?
Many youth don’t feel your church is ready to deal with todays world, so they don’t visit your church and they don’t ever intend to. Does your church offer what millennials are looking for?
It’s no secret that in America that organized Christianity is going through a crisis.
The number of self-identified Christians is at its lowest point ever, at around 71 percent. This trend is most noticeable among millennials and congregations have been struggling to put em back in the pews.
Churches try in many different ways, most of em ineffective (hosting performances by Christian Rap or Trap groups), some hilarious hashtags (#JesusLives) and a few downright sad (like listing guidelines for churches to achieve what he calls “The Cool Factor.”)
So what were they missing?
Many youth are simply not interested in church, organized religion or religion in general. But there are huge numbers of millennials that are open to organized religion, and in fact are yearning for a church that they feel comfortable devoting their time and spiritual energy towards. But they want it to mean something. They want more than just a group of people to sing songs and hold hands with. Those millennials that are open to such things are the same ones who are active and engaged in the world around us, which, unfortunately for mainline denominations, includes politics.
Millennials are not interested in a celestial Jesus with a permanent smile and open arms, unconcerned with the goings-on of planet Earth. They’ve heard about that Jesus their entire lives, and they’re not buying it.
Do you know what millennials would buy? Jesus the man, Jesus the prophet, the Jesus that fashioned a whip of cords and overturned the tables of the money changers for making God’s house a den of robbers. The Jesus that challenged the establishment and paid the ultimate price. The Jesus that took up the cross of the poor, the weak, and the marginalized in the name of God.
Many spend an hour and a half at church week after week and the name “Jesus” isn’t mentioned a single time. I think it’s safe to say…that’s not good!
They’re all for love and a personal relationship with God, but they choose to follow the man who teaches that political action is worship, that social justice is love.
What millennials are looking for is a church that preaches not just transcendental love, but that prophetic fire and love for the common man that makes Jesus so appealing.
A church that stressed this aspect of the faith would be dangerous, to be sure. It would even come off as somewhat divisive to the unspiritual. It might not even work as the long-lasting most popular denomination. But the inconvenient truth is that all of those attributes feel a lot like the Jesus of the bible!
In the race for ratings, sales, notoriety and profits, movie, television companies, publishing houses, businesses and their advertising companies continue to see how far they can go and what will stimulate their viewers/listeners. They keep testing the public’s taste and patience — what the public will put up with.
“they cheapen us by degrees until the bizarre and outlandish won’t be able to satisfy us”
It makes sense to say that some of what the media offers reflects what some sectors of the public want, but it would be nonsense to say that they don’t help to shape the public’s interest in and hunger for the bizarre and outlandish. More to the point, they cheapen us by degrees until the bizarre and outlandish won’t be able to satisfy us. In a vile movie I watched recently, one of the characters, a depraved and murderous nutball is unmasked and instead of looking like the brutal and sadistic murderer he is, he’s ordinary looking, even inoffensive. When his mask is torn off he asked his surprised captor, “Well, what did you expect?” So it is! Earlier the vile character says that he had a fine childhood, wasn’t abused by his parents or anyone else and that he had no other reason for doing the unspeakable things he did than that he liked doing them. He enjoyed it. Whatever else the movie did, it brought us face to face with a truth, and that is that we’re capable of loving evil and getting pleasure from it. You don’t need to look for elaborate explanations for our pleasure in oppression and moral dirt (though all such study is not wasted time or energy) but there’s no doubt that we feed each other’s hunger for it.
making ugly behavior more “normal” until to protest it makes the protestor seem like a dinosaur
But—I think—it isn’t the extreme violence or depravity that hurts society the most. It’s the creeping and sly kind of product that corrodes the foundations that is most dangerous; where the writers and producers, bit by bit, make ugly behavior more familiar, more “normal” until to protest it makes the protestor seem like a dinosaur. Heroes and popular characters are essentially amoral, but with an occasional show of kindness or tenderness (“Ah, look, isn’t that sweet!” or funny or tear-bringing.) Highly rated programs like Scandal (in America) and Chewing Gum (in the UK) show as normal and “acceptable” behavior with attitudes that blur moral lines or completely dismisses them. You protest about these and people roll their eyes in despair at you. You criticize banks or companies for making too much money by breaking the backs of vulnerable and indebted nations and shareholders and savers look at you like you’ve come out of a prehistoric world. Dare to say something about virginity or the sacredness of marriage and there are embarrassed smiles all around. We think it’s the public we’re testing when we promote this acceptance of violence, war, greed and all-round cheapness. It isn’t! And it isn’t mere conventions we’re burying when we weaken the sense of honorable fidelity and loyalty between nations, communities and families. There’s a day coming when we’ll discover, says George A. Smith, that we aren’t dancing on the edge of public taste but teetering on the brink of the abyss beyond which is moral death. It isn’t Western civilization we’re testing, it’s spirituality and our creator! At this point, there’d be embarrassed smiles, rolling eyes or an outburst that is neither prayer not praise.
(written by: Jim McGuiggan and edited by Speech)
“True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken.”
Christian hip hop artist Lecrae has often been vocal about standing up for black lives on social media and beyond. And in the days since the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the Grammy-award winning musician has once again used his social media presence to talk about systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement
“True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken…” he wrote in a post. “Christians saying that ‘preaching the gospel is all we need’ ignores how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems.
“If you ever trusted in anything I’ve said, if you’ve used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now,” he continued. “This is an epidemic that school books or church services haven’t taught you.”
Read the full post below.
Earlier in the week, the musician also tweeted that the freedom America celebrates on July 4 doesn’t apply to everyone. The tweet quickly went viral.
In an op-ed about race relations he later wrote for Billboard, he explained his reasoning: “I posted a picture of slaves in a cotton field instead because that was the vantage point of my ancestors on July 4, 1776. They weren’t free.”
The rapper, whose fan base reportedly includes many white evangelical Christians, wrote in the Billboard piece that many of his supporters were upset by that tweet. When Lecrae talks about race on social media, he often gets pushback from fans who claim he’s teaching a divisive message that is causing more racial tension. The comments in his posts are often littered with sentiments like “The race card needs to go, and Christ needs to be at the center,” or “How is saying that all lives matter selfish and rude?”
But, the rapper wrote, “There’s a difference between creating division and exposing the division that’s being ignored.”
For Lecrae, understanding begins with humility and with listening to voices you may not agree with. It takes humility, he writes, to hear another person’s vantage point and life story.
“A lot of times, when you don’t have to deal with some of the circumstances that affect minority culture, you just don’t think they exist. This is a conversation I have with lots of my white friends all the time,” he wrote. “When I share my experiences with them, they’re like, ‘Oh. Really?’”
Statistics show that there is a difference in the way white and minority Protestants perceive police brutality towards black lives. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, 57 percent of white evangelical Protestants believed the killings of black men by police in Ferguson, New York and Baltimore were “isolated incidents.” In contrast, 70 percent of minority Protestants ― including black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders, and mixed-race Protestants ― agreed that these deaths are part of a broader problem and a pattern of injustice towards African Americans.
From his advocacy online, it’s clear that regardless of the opinions of his critics, Lecrae is intent on doing his part to close this gap in understanding.
“This is a moral issue across the board for humanity,” he wrote in the Billboard op-ed. “If you subscribe to any moral code that says you should care for humanity, obviously black people will fit into that category. So why would you not advocate for justice and truth unless you have something to lose?”
We hope charges filed recently against a former employee of Holy Redeemer Christian Academy, accused of having sexual contact with a minor at the school, will not have a lasting negative impact on the reputation and mission of the school and of the church the school is named after.
The man accused of the deplorable act, Jason Price—who was a teacher’s aid at Holy Redeemer Academy—has been charged with having sexual relations with a teen girl and sending photos that depicted sexual situations to other students.
Unfortunately the headlines of such incidents overshadow the good work Holy Redeemer Academy and other schools—public and private—do on a daily basis to take students labeled as “at risk” and turn them into stellar scholars who will be the future leaders of our community.
We’re glad the church and its pastor, Bishop Sedgwick Daniels quickly dealt with the matter by firing Price immediately upon hearing of his transgressions.
We hope and pray it doesn’t become the first thing parents think of when considering a quality school to send their children to. The school and church have done an exemplary job providing solid academics and raising the self-esteem of the students it serves.
We’re confident justice will be done and Price receives the punishment he deserves. As for Holy Redeemer, we’re equally confident the school will survive this set-back and continue to produce graduates our community can be proud of.
In the Bible, James 1:1-4 we are told to consider it joy when we suffer or face trials. Depending on the translation, great joy or pure joy. Why would the author suggest such a thing? No one likes suffering or looks forward to facing difficult times. The answer is provided in knowing that this a process. As we face trials we develop perseverance and endurance. These must come so that we grow and mature spiritually, “lacking nothing”. I believe as God carries us through our trials we realize, He is all we need and with God we truly lack nothing.
What are your thoughts, looking forward to your comments.
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs bestowed five individuals and one organization with the Dr. James G. White 6th District Difference Makers Award during a Town Hall Meeting held (Wednesday, January 20) at the Martin Luther King Library, 310 W. Locust St.
The recipients were: Courtney Campbell; Rasheed Vinson; Tressie Sneed; Auriea Mosley-Sanders; Joy Mahaley; and the Brewers Hill Neighborhood Association.
Alderwoman Coggs said none of the recipients was aware that they would be receiving the award, and many were touched – a few to the point of tears – during the presentation portion of the meeting. “It was an emotional and transformational moment, as each of the honorees has made an impact on lives in the community – in some cases an impact that extends far beyond what they even recognize,” she said.
“For me, the bestowing of the Dr. James G. White 6th District Difference Makers Awards is one small way of letting these individuals and organization know they have made that important impact, and that their contributions and their genuine concern for the community is deeply appreciated,” Alderwoman Coggs said.
Alderwoman Coggs established the Dr. James G. White 6th District Difference Makers Awards to recognize those residents and organizations that work diligently to improve and strengthen the quality of life for themselves, their neighborhood and the City of Milwaukee. Dr. White was a resident of the 6th District who served as a county supervisor and the regional vice president of WestCare Wisconsin Harambee Community Center, facilitating countless neighborhood projects and programs and always using his gifts, talents and knowledge to improve and empower his community.
Ask anyone for their abiding memory of 2015 and they will most likely recall a negative one.
Some will recall the horrifying stories of death and destruction caused by conflicts around the world, most notably in Syria where over 250,000 people have lost their lives and almost 11 million people have been displaced. Others will recall a sense of grief, fear and anger after violent extremists attacked, tortured, kidnapped and executed innocent civilians around the world. Others still might recall a simple but disturbing fact they heard in passing – that 2015 was the hottest year on record or that over 15,000 children continue to die annually, mostly from preventable diseases.
Yet, despite all of this, 2015 was also a year of progress and breakthroughs.
2015 was the year, for instance, when health workers and public officials supported by the international community brought an end to the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It was the year when the UN Millennium Development Goals expired, having helped to reduce the number of people living in extreme poverty globally by over 50%. And it was the year when talks not tanks led to improvements in Cuba/US relations, an Iranian nuclear deal, a breakthrough in peace-talks in Colombia, transition in the Central African Republic. And most recently, a roadmap on resolving the Syria conflict was agreed on in the Security Council; the hope is that finally we can begin to contain this horrible humanitarian disaster.
Each of these is a great achievement in its own right. But it was the adoption, by more than 193 members of the United Nations, of three major international agreements that gives me greatest hope for the future.
In September, world leaders descended on New York to embrace a new compact for people and planet anchored in 17 Sustainable Development Goals known as the SDGs. In Addis Ababa, just two months earlier, those same leaders committed to a new global framework on finance, capacity building, technology, trade, debt and other issues to support the realization of these goals. And in Paris earlier this month, after years of disappointment, they overcame divisions and agreed on how to avert catastrophic climate change while advancing human progress.
Through these agreements, governments everywhere have committed to advance three critical transformations in our world. First, they committed to address the root causes of poverty and hunger and to advance human development and gender equality everywhere. Second, they agreed to promote shared prosperity while transitioning to a low-carbon climate-resilient economy and protecting our natural environment. And, third, they agreed to improve governance at all levels so as to bring about more peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
Skeptics will of course question both the ability and commitment of governments to translate these agreements into real change. But not only do I believe that we can succeed, I truly believe that we will succeed.
Let me explain why.
After 50 years in politics, I have never seen negotiations that were more deliberative or more inclusive than those that gave rise to these agreements. The result is that these agreements have real political buy-in at the highest possible level. They have also helped create a global movement for positive change, involving civil society, young people, private companies and more, that will be with us every step of the way over the next fifteen years. And from the Millennium Development Goals to reduction in the price of renewables, many governments and many companies are demonstrating that the change we need is not only possible but already happening.
In 2016, however, we must build on this momentum and secure early implementation. To do so, we need action from all actors. As President of the United Nations General Assembly, this is my top priority.
Governments, for example, must identify and plan for the changes they need to undertake to reach these new Goals. They must invest in essential services so that all people can fulfill their potential. They must create an enabling legal and policy framework that encourages more responsible consumption and increased investment in sustainable infrastructure. And they must advance more transparent and inclusive governance so that everyone pays their fair share, people live in freedom and security, and societies become more cohesive and more equal.
At the international level, we need a United Nations system that is ready to give countries the support they need. We also need to ensure that exclusive economic decision-making forums, such as the World Bank and IMF, the G20 etc, become more aligned with this new Agenda.
In the area of peace and security, we need changes at the UN so that we can become better at preventing conflicts and protecting human rights before it is too late.
The Sustainable Development Goals also demand action from the private sector. They must align their corporate activities with the essence of the new Goals. They can turn their innovation towards finding SDG solutions and partner with governments and other key actors to support and finance implementation. This includes the global finance industry which must now embrace the shift. Governments must ensure a framework of regulation and taxation for the private sector that makes it obvious that green investment is not just the best for the environment and the future of mankind, but the best for business too.
Finally, change will not happen without action and pressure from civil society and ordinary people everywhere. Non-governmental organizations need to hold governments to account for the commitments they have made in 2015. Philanthropic foundations need to support causes that are aligned with the SDGs and work more effectively with governments and other actors. And ordinary citizens, young people, and others can use the incredible explosion in information technology in recent years to become key drivers of implementation.
If 2015 was a year of incredible breakthroughs, then 2016 must mark the moment when all of us begin to deliver, when we begin to make the transformation needed to a more sustainable and just world.
Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. We recently spoke with photographer Marcus Bleasdale about his work in the Central African Republic.
Pope Francis brought his appeal for peace into a war zone last weekend when he visited the Central African Republic, a country torn apart by violence between Muslim and Christian militias.
Muslims and Christians alike celebrated the pope’s visit. Once he left, however, violence returned. A Muslim man was found dead on Tuesday after he tried to leave a Muslim enclave encircled by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia in the capital of Bangui. Two days later, rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka movement killed eight civilians at a camp for displaced people near the central town of Bambari.
Fighting erupted in the Central African Republic in 2013 when the Seleka seized control of the government, and the anti-Balaka militias emerged to fight their brutal rule. The violence quickly spun out of control as atrocities by both militias against civilians mounted, leaving at least 5,000 people dead and nearly 1 million displaced. The conflict has been simmering since a peace deal was signed last July. Presidential elections planned for October were postponed after violence flared again in the capital.
The WorldPost spoke to Marcus Bleasdale, an award-winning photographer who witnessed some of the most horrific days of the conflict. He and Human Rights Watch’s director of emergencies, Peter Bouckaert, traveled through the war-ravaged country, collecting testimonies and images published by Human Rights Watch, National Geographic and Foreign Policy magazine. A photo book of his work, The Unravelling: Central African Republic, with essays by Bouckaert and a foreword by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, was published last month.