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Terror and tears in CAR. Part 1

Central African Republic 2013 The political crisis in Central African Republic, which occurred further to the overthrow of François Bozizé’s regime by the Seleka rebels in March 2013, has turned into a civil war as tensions between Christians and Muslim communities have thrown the country into chaos.

Michael Zumstein travelled to the Bossangoa region, where almost 25 000 people have gathered in the catholic mission of the town, fleeing the fights between former Seleka soldiers – who joined the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) – and the self-defence groups of the region. On the other hand, the Muslim community has gathered in the Liberty School in fear of possible exactions by the Anti-Balaka forces.

As the capital Bangui is having to deal with more and more lootings, the situation in Bossangoa region, 180 miles North, is particularly critical. Inhabitants are fleeing their villages because of the fights between the different armed groups, and build make-shift camps in the near-by bush.. The humanitarian situation should soon become worst, because of the desertion of the fields and crops.

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