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Nearly 12,000 peacekeepers are needed, welcomed in Bangui

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:15

April 11 - Bangui residents welcome the U.N. decision to send nearly 12,000 peacekeepers to the country where violence between Muslims and Christians has killed thousands. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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They live in fear of walking more than 100 meters from their neighborhood. ...Living in close proximity to a stronghold of Christian anti-balaka militia. The decision to send a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force to Central African Republic is very much welcomed. (SOUNDBITE)(French) PALM OIL VENDOR AND CHRISTIAN BANGUI RESIDENT, FREDITH AYA, SAYING: "I need blue helmets (United Nations peacekeepers) here in Bangui, because right now we have suffered a lot, there has been a lot of deaths. In the neighborhood, everywhere, you have dead people. So the blue helmets need to come quickly." Violence has exploded in the capital of Bangui, after mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago and abused the majority Christian population. Revenge attacks were launched against Muslims. Thousands have died in the conflict, and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced. An increased U.N. presence cannot come soon enough: (SOUNDBITE)(French) STUDENT AND CHRISTIAN BANGUI RESIDENT, MATI NIDEE RAOUL, SAYING: "It's a little late, they need to hurry up to come, because you see, every day and every night, here and there, there are deaths, in every neighborhoods, everywhere. They must hurry to come here, then it could possibly work out." The conflict has threatened to spiral into genocide as killings have continued. = Nearly 12,000 peacekeepers are needed, and welcomed in Bangui Bangui residents welcome the U.N. decision to send nearly 12,000 peacekeepers to the country where violence between Muslims and Christians has killed thousands. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Nearly 12,000 peacekeepers are needed, welcomed in Bangui

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:15