Evacuation dilemma in the Central African Republic


Members of the mainly Christian "anti-balaka" (anti-machete) militia stand guard in the Boeing neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, on February 24, 2014

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BANGUI, 28 February 2014 (IRIN) - Zannah Bassar, a Muslim woman living in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, has a simple message for the international community - she wants to be evacuated.

“I was born in this district,” she told IRIN this week, “but my home has been wrecked. I’ve been sleeping in the street for the past month and I want to send an SOS. I want to go somewhere else.” 

Bassar and about 3,200 fellow Muslims are trapped in a kilometer-long district of Ba...

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