Families searching for bodies in Central African Republic
Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 01:13
Dec. 7 - Hundreds are dead in the Central African Republic as French troops arrive to stem the country's latest sectarian violence. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Anxious women wait as the Red Cross delivers more bodies to the morgue in the Central African Republic.
Residents there are aching from the violence, with many unable to find their relatives' bodies.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) BANGUI RESIDENT WHO LOST HER BROTHER, MADAME PAULINE, SAYING:
"I lost my little brother yesterday at 10 a.m. and we still haven't found his body amongst those here. I don't know. We're looking everywhere. We'll also go to the hospital to look for his body."
Violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian militias that started in March escalated this week.
The Red Cross has collected over 280 bodies and says many more have been killed.
The unrest has displaced many in the capital Bangui.
This church courtyard is housing around 2,000 people.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) DISPLACED MAN, TOPO OUBANGUIN, SAYING:
"The Seleka elements who are out of control came shooting real bullets in our neighborhood here, which means people in the district can't sleep. That's why you see many people coming here."
French troops arrived Friday to intervene and will focus first on securing the capital.
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