Residents on Bangui remain on edge as French troops continue patrol
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 01:10
Dec. 13 - Sectarian violence in Central African Republic continues to spread fear among residents in the capital Bangui. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Despite the calm found on this street in Central African Republic, residents in the capital Bangui are worried.
Hundreds have died over the last week in attacks between Muslim and Christian communities, including in the Miskine district.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) POLICE OFFICER RACHEL DIMAGUE SAYING:
"There's a lot of shooting here. We don't know how to live anymore. The children have left to take refuge and we don't know how to live. We are in a country at war."
A shooting overnight left many residents on edge.
The conflict centers on the Muslim Seleka rebels who seized power in March and Christian militia groups who remain loyal to former President Francois Bozize.
Although French troops arrived last week to intervene, the violence has yet to be contained.
Meanwhile, the ragtag army of Central African Republic remains in their barracks, waiting for the international peacekeepers to stabilize the country.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) MILITARY CHIEF OF STAFF, GENERAL BOMBAYEKE, SAYING:
"If the international community doesn't manage the situation, that's when we would take responsibility in our own hands. This force that we've kept in the barracks will come out again to deal with the situation."
So far more than 100,000 people have been displaced in the capital alone.
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