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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-28

Set up in less than three weeks adjacent to the Bangui airport, the makeshift Doctors Without Borders clinic is now treating roughly 100,000 people. FRANCE 24 brings you footage from the ground.

More and more residents of the Central African Republic’s capital city are arriving every day, fleeing the fighting between former members of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel group and predominantly Christian militias.

“What strikes me here is that we are right by the airport in the capital, so access is easy for all aid organisations. And yet there are none,” Lindis Hurum, an emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, told FRANCE 24’s reporters on the ground.

The result is an unmanageable demand for medical care, with long queues in the pediatric and maternity wards and orphaned children having lost parents in the clashes.

The Central African Republic descended into chaos after the Seleka rebels, who support interim President Michel Djotodia, deposed ex-President François Bozizé in a March coup. Djotodia officially disbanded the group after he seized power, but some former members launched a campaign of killing, raping and looting, prompting some Christian communities to form vigilante militias to retaliate.
 

Date created : 2013-12-28

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