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Living in fear in the Central African Republic

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 - 01:20

Nov. 27 - Christian militia groups in the Central African Republic form to defend villages, as the country is paralyzed by cycles of attacks and reprisal killings. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Christian militais are forming in the Central African Republic to defend villages as the contry is consumed by violence. The country at the heart of Africa, has been gripped by violence since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country in March. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FARMER, MATTO SIMPLICE, SAYING: "We are here to protect our village. The Seleka came to take their vengeance on the population and we were not the only ones defending our village. When they come to loot or they want to go into people's fields, and when they chase them into the bush, we retaliate and provide legitimate self-defense for our people." Some never wanted to take up arms (SOUNDBITE) (French) FARMER, MATTO SIMPLICE, SAYING: "When we talk about revenge, we are farmers. Does that mean we have to go out there and take our revenge on the Muslim communities? We don't even have the means to do that." With a 2,500-strong regional African force unable to contain violence, Paris plans to boost its forces there to around 1,000 troops. However details remain sketchy about how 1,000 soldiers will impose order in a nation roughly the size of France itself.

Living in fear in the Central African Republic

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 - 01:20

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