Aid and evacuations under threat in CAR

Aid and evacuations under threat in CAR

Your views are important to us. IRIN is currently reviewing its work and we need to understand your views and priorities. Follow @{0} BOZOUM, 5 February 2014 (IRIN) – Dewa Iliassa, a young Muslim, lives on a street in Bozoum, a town in northwestern Central African Republic (CAR), with only a small pile of his belongings. He says he is too scared to move more than about 200m in any direction.
 
He and 2,500 other Muslims have gathered in the centre of Bozoum, one of the few settlements in the area where people from his community are protected by international peacekeepers. But the protection offered in Bozoum extends over a very small area.
 
“If we go beyond the street corner, the anti-balaka [militia] will make us pay something or could even kill us,” Iliassa said.
 
Muslims, particularly in the west of the country face attack by the anti-balaka, militias formed to oppose the Seleka, the largely Muslim rebel group that overthrew president Francois Bozize in March 2013. (Though the Seleka forces were officially disbanded in September, its fighters remain active in parts of the country.) 
 
“Many Muslims have been killed here. Of the people that […]

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