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Homes torched overnight in Central African Republic

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 01:11

Jan. 1 - Violence overnight leaves several homes torched, sending many residents fleeing their neighborhoods in capital of Bangui. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Faces of despair in the Central African Republic. Residents of the capital, Bangui, are recovering at makeshift camps after a night of inter-religious violence. A doctor from the medical charity Doctors Without Borders said it had received 15 injured and two dead. (SOUNDBITE) (French) "DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS " DOCTOR, GAËTAN ADOUAKA, SAYING: "We had two dead this morning, including a 12-year-old who died from a gash on his skull." Witnesses said angry residents threw grenades and torched houses in a northern district of Bangui. Heavy tit-for-tat battles have raged in the neighborhood in previous nights. (SOUNDBITE) (French) RESIDENT OF NGOU SIMON AREA IN BANGUI, SONORE M. ARISTIDE YENGA, SAYING: "Overnight, the Muslims came and set fire to the houses. Everyone was affected and everyone left without nothing. This morning they began shooting and when we heard that we quickly left for the larger camps where there are many people." The violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and the Christian anti-balaka militia killed more than 1,000 people in December. More than 100,000 have been displaced in the conflict.

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Homes torched overnight in Central African Republic

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 01:11