Crisis in Central African Republic is tougher than France expected

by Alissa J Rubin

Christians in a camp for internally displaced people on Friday in the airport in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Jerome Delay/Associated Press

PARIS — With photographs emerging of children toting guns and estimates of more than 400,000 displaced people in camps, the crisis in the Central African Republic is proving more complicated, violent and desperate than the French expected, according to Western diplomats, analysts and human rights activists.