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May 14, 2015

Central African Republic militias free over 350 enslaved children

BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) – Armed groups in Central African Republic released over 350 enslaved children on Thursday as part of a United Nations-brokered deal as the country turns to healing after two years of conflict.

An estimated 6,000-10,000 children are thought to be working as sex slaves or menial workers such as cooks and messengers for rival militias in the historically unstable country.

Mar 20, 2015

Retreating Boko Haram leaves mass of throat-slit corpses near Nigerian town

DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) – Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people, many with their throats slit, scattered under a bridge, a Reuters witness said.

In what appeared to be an execution site for the Islamist group, the bodies were strewn beneath the concrete bridge on one of the main roads leading out of the town. At least one had its head completely severed.

Mar 20, 2015

African troops’ morale ‘sky high’ as they push back Boko Haram

DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) – “Boko Haram is finished” shouted a jubilant soldier from Niger as his comrades danced and waved their rifles in the air to celebrate the liberation of the northern Nigerian town of Damasak.

Graffiti painted on walls in Arabic and Boko Haram’s black and white flag fluttering on the dome of a mosque are now among the few reminders of the Islamists’ four-month reign over the town, which forces from Chad and Niger freed on Saturday.

Mar 19, 2015

Graffiti, flags are only remains of Boko Haram in Nigerian town

DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) – Graffiti and Boko Haram’s black and white flags were all that remained of the Islamists in Damasak after troops from Chad and Niger seized the town in northeastern Nigeria in the latest defeat for the militants.

The town had been partially looted before it fell on Saturday but witnesses said there were few signs of fighting. Soldiers who patrolled the streets said morale was high after a string of military successes against the Islamist group.

Apr 27, 2014

Looting follows evacuation of Muslims from Central African capital

BANGUI (Reuters) – Peacekeeping troops escorted around 1,300 Muslims out of Bangui on Sunday, triggering looting and removing one of the last pockets of Muslims from the capital of a nation torn apart by religious violence.

Foreign troops have escorted thousands of Muslims to relative safety in the north of the Central African Republic. But some leaders fear that will make permanent divisions that have led to talk of partition after 18 months of conflict.

Apr 24, 2014
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Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call to partition the country

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(Muslims fleeing sectarian violence are seen on top of a truck with their belongings, on the road between Bangui and Sibut, on a convoy being escorted by French peacekeepers to the south eastern town of Bambari April 20, 2014. Picture taken April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun )

In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country’s south: partition.

Apr 24, 2014

Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition

BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) – In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorizing the country’s south: partition.

Bambari lies near the dividing line separating Central African Republic’s Christian south – where mobs have lynched hundreds of Muslims and torn down their homes – from a northern region controlled by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels.

Apr 21, 2014

French troops in Central African Republic escort Muslims to safety

BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) – French peacekeepers in Central African Republic escorted a convoy of Muslims away from the threat of violence in the capital on Monday to a town effectively controlled by Muslim rebels.

A Reuters witness said 102 Muslims guarded by 150 French troops, supported by a helicopter patrolling overhead, left the northern suburb of PK-12 on Sunday in trucks for Bambari, about 300 km (190 miles) northeast of the capital.

Apr 18, 2014

Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in C.African Republic town

BODA Central African Republic (Reuters) – In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in western Central African Republic.

Today, they mark the fine line between life and death for hundreds of Muslims living under siege, encircled by Christian ‘anti-balaka’ militia fighters bent on chasing out the country’s Islamic population.

Apr 18, 2014

Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in Central African Republic town

BODA, Central African Republic (Reuters) – In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in western Central African Republic.

Today, they mark the fine line between life and death for hundreds of Muslims living under siege, encircled by Christian ‘anti-balaka’ militia fighters bent on chasing out the country’s Islamic population.