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Looting ensues as hundreds flee Bangui

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 01:06

April 27 - Hundreds of Muslims flee violence in Bangui for the safety of the north as looting of the houses and belongings they left behind ensues. Gavino Garay reports.

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Hundreds of Muslims flee the capital Bangui in the Central African Republic as Christian crowds loot the houses they left behind. It's a heart-wrenching decision for many, but one that needed to be made to stay alive. (SOUNDBITE) (French) RESIDENT OF THE PK12 NEIGHBORHOOD, MOHAMED ALI MOHAMED, SAYING: "With what the anti-balaka are doing, they've killed a lot of Muslims, we can't stay in Central African Republic, we will leave to save ourselves, to save our skin, we'll go to Sido, Bongoro, Kabo." They're heading north where it's safer, near the Chadian border in a convoy of trucks under the protection of Rwandan forces. For months now, they've been caught in the crossfire in Bangui, but this is now their first chance to get out. About a year ago, Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, but that led to abuses on the majority Christian population that triggered revenge attacks. Thousands have been killed in the inter-religious violence, and hundreds of thousands displaced.

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Looting ensues as hundreds flee Bangui

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 01:06