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Central African President: "We will come out of this crisis"

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 01:28

May 31 - Roadblocks and burning tires reflect relative calm just days after a spate of violence in the Central African Republic. Gavino Garay reports.

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Burning tires and a fragile calm in the capital Bangui days after 17 people were killed in a church compound, and two others were shot dead by Burundian peacekeepers. Central African President Catherine Samba-Panza is reiterating her call for the violence to end. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC PRESIDENT CATHERINE SAMBA-PANZA, SAYING: "I am not losing sight of the anger of innocent victims of these barbaric acts, which don't seem to have any immediate solutions but the law of revenge. Central African people, dear compatriots, I have said it before and repeat it that it's not in cultivating the spirit of revenge that we will come out of this crisis, which has deep roots in the history of our country." This teacher in Bangui says the country is in chaos. (SOUNDBITE) (French) TEACHER DIEU BENI NGOIYOMA SAYING: "The country is in a catastrophic situation. We were talking about peace for the country and the president was telling us about reconciliation between Muslims and Christians, but now it's the Muslims that have killed Central Africans so it's not in that spirit. That's why we are on strike, so we can bring back peace." In her national address, President Samba-Panza vowed to punish those responsible for Wednesday's attack on the Christian church.

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Central African President: "We will come out of this crisis"

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 01:28