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Looting and loss in Central African Republic

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 01:30

Dec. 12 - Looters take everything they can from abandoned compound in CAR as thousands find shelter at airport without toilets or running water. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They are taking everything apart. Dozens converge on abandoned buildings in Central African Republic. They are helping themselves to anything they can. There have been reports of both Muslim and Christian fighters going door to door murdering civilians over the past week. Mobs have carried out lynchings -- set fire to cars and buildings and they have looted. One man says they had it coming. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SYLVAIN KOUSSARE, SECURITY GUARD, SAYING: "The looters say all this belongs to Muslims, and as Muslims they have themselves destroyed people's houses and they have also looted. That's why these youths decided to do this." The country's religious leaders are seeking reconciliation during a lull in violence that has killed hundreds of people and drawn in French troops seeking to stop the bloodshed. Thousands have fled their homes. At least 10,000 now live at a shelter of sorts at the airport. They are living without running water or toilets. One man plans to wait it out. (SOUNDBITE) (French) ALACIDE BIENVENU, DISPLACED MAN, SAYING: "We could go home. We are waiting for all the French people do their work and finish with the militias and then we will go home. But if it carries on we will stay here, even six months if necessary." France intervened because of fears of a Muslim-Christian "genocide", evoking memories of Rwanda, where 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists in 1994 as the world stood by.

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Looting and loss in Central African Republic

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 01:30