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Priced out of food in the CAR

BANGUI, 10 April 2014 (IRIN) - The mass exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid insecurity is having an adverse impact on access to basic foodstuffs, say retailers and local people. full report

Getting CAR back to school

BANGUI, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Coloured paper chains from last Christmas still hang from the ceiling of a dusty classroom in the Groupement scolaire pour une éducation fondamentale et internationale (GSEFI), a multi-faith school in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). full report

“Get a grip,” UN chief tells CAR leaders

BANGUI, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - Amid an upsurge in attacks on African Union (AU) peacekeepers, the UN special representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the population and leaders to “get a grip” and not allow blind hatred to destroy the country. full report

Tug of war over Muslim community in western CAR

BODA (WESTERN CAR), 24 March 2014 (IRIN) - Anti-balaka militia fighters at the diamond mining town of Boda in the Central African Republic (CAR) have rejected a government-sponsored attempt to allow a Muslim community of about 12,000 people to stay there. full report

Sending the CAR militias home*

BANGUI, 19 March 2014 (IRIN) - The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has said it wants to identify, disarm and demobilize the anti-balaka militias, many of whom are members of the army. A proposal to place some of them in camps before sending them home has met with scepticism from African Union and French military leaders. full report

Plan to resettle 1,000 Muslims inside CAR

Paoua, 18 March 2014 (IRIN) - In a bid to save lives, aid organizations in the Central African Republic (CAR) are planning what is set to be their first attempt to resettle a Muslim community within the country rather than outside it full report

New IRIN film: Bangui’s ghettos

BANGUI, 13 March 2014 (IRIN) - The capital of the Central African Republic is usually home to more than 130,000 Muslims, integrated with the rest of the population. Now, fewer than 1,000 remain in the city, the rest having fled amid a veritable pogrom carried out in reprisal for atrocities committed by an alliance of mainly Muslim rebels who had seized power in March 2013. full report

CAR farmers struggle to recover from devastation

BESSAN, 12 March 2014 (IRIN) - With the year’s main planting season just weeks away, many in the Central African Republic have been left desperately ill-equipped by months of conflict. In the charred village of Bessan, to the west of the country, the concerns are typical: a dire lack of seeds, tools and manpower. full report

CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon

YAOUNDE/GAROUA-BOULAI, 12 March 2014 (IRIN) - Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx. full report

Analysis: Evacuation dilemma in the Central African Republic

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. full report

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