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Central African Republic's displaced feel home still too dangerous

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:36

Jan. 21 - Many people displaced in Central African Republic's capital feel it is too dangerous to return home. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Behind the safety of barbed wire and patroling French troops, trouble is growing at Bangui airport. Food supplies are running low and more than 100,000 displaced people sheltered there don't feel safe to return home. (SOUNDBITE) (French) DISPLACED PERSON, RICHARD PRINCE MASENGUE, SAYING: "There is insecurity in the neighborhoods. We can't go home. The French-led Sangaris force must instill order in the neighborhoods and also in the interior of the country. When they instill peace, we can go home. Without that, we cannot return home." That insecurity is also affecting the World Food Program, stationed at the airport. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD FOOD PROGRAM'S BANGUI SPOKESPERSON, ALEXIS MASCIARELLI, SAYING: "We are currently running out of stock. We have a big problem with nearly 40 of our trucks that are blocked at the border between Cameroon and CAR. The drivers are too afraid to cross over to CAR because of the insecurity." Meanwhile, new Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza hopes to alleviate these problems as soon as possible. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC INTERIM PRESIDENT, CATHERINE SAMBA-PANZA, SAYING: "The Central African Republic is big, and from a security point of view, which is a priority, we will start with Bangui and we will have deployments in some big cities, and then we will try and go more widespread in the interior. It's really the objective: to have security back as soon as possible." Samba-Panza also plans to meet with the Muslim Seleka rebels and the Christian anti-balaka militia, whose fighting has displaced more than a million people and killed at least 2,000.

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Central African Republic's displaced feel home still too dangerous

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:36