This report is based on research conducted in the Central African Republic in February and March, 2007, by Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, and Olivier Bercault, consultant to the emergencies division. The report was written by Peter Bouckaert and Olivier Bercault. The report was edited by Leslie Lefkow, researcher in the Africa division of Human Rights Watch; Georgette Gagnon, deputy director of the Africa division of Human Rights Watch; Andrew Mawson, deputy program director of Human Rights Watch; and Aisling Reidy, senior legal advisor at Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch associate Thodleen Dessources provided background research and administrative support.
Human Rights Watch thanks our many international and local colleagues who provided us with logistical assistance, accommodation, medical care, and advice. Without their assistance, our work in the challenging environment of northern CAR would have been impossible. Most importantly, we thank the eyewitnesses, victims, officials, and humanitarians who agreed to be interviewed at great length for this report. Because of the sensitivity of our research, we regret that we have to withhold the names of those we wish to thank.