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Why the world’s deadliest wars go unreported

By Anjan Sundaram

29 May 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. A new book by Anjan Sundaram, Breakup, details his experience as a journalist in the Central African Republic in 2013.

In 2013, when I traveled as a journalist through the Central African Republic (CAR) during the country’s civil war, I discovered massacres unknown even 5 kilometers from where they had been perpetrated. As it turned out, after killing hundreds of civilians suspected of aiding rebels in the country’s west, soldiers had destroyed radio antennae so the news wouldn’t get out. People, fearing reprisals, didn’t dare speak about the killings. For months, these massacres went undocumented.

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