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Hundreds of muslims in CAR flee to Chad

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 - 01:29

Jan. 30 - Muslims living in fear gather at the airport in capital city Bangui, fleeing for neighboring Chad following months of inter-religious violence. Gavino Garay reports.

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Their struggle is far from over -- Hundreds of Muslim men, women and children, living in fear in the Central African Republic, are gathered here at the airport in capital city Bangui. They're ready to escape to Chad. Inter-religious violence in this majority-Christian nation has killed at least 2,000. (SOUNDBITE) (French) DISPLACED MUSLIM MAN, MOHAMMED BEN SAID, SAYING: "There is no change, the situation gets worse from day to day. [Journalist asks: 'Is CAR your home?']. Yes, this is our home. I was born here, I grew up here. I have plenty of Christian friends. They are treating us like foreigners... Yes, we're going to go back to Chad, but I don't have anyone there, I don't know anyone there." The International Organization for Migration explains ... saying it has already evacuated 4,000 muslims from the country. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CO-ORDINATION CHIEF FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) PROGRAM IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, JACQUES SEURT, SAYING: "There is great pressure from the Central Africans who want to leave and who often claim another nationality to take their chances. This shows the enormous fear people are living under - they try by all means to leave." Nearly one million people -- a quarter of the country's population -- have been displaced by fighting since the Muslim Seleka rebel group seized power in March of last year. The country's Interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza, has called on the U.N. to turn the African peacekeeping force into a larger UN operation.

Hundreds of muslims in CAR flee to Chad

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 - 01:29

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