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Video: Central African Republic justice system in disarray after civil war

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While the justice system is gradually getting back on its feet in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui, it remains in shambles in more rural areas. FRANCE 24 visits the town of Mbaiki, where officials lack the bare minimum to do their job.


The president of the tribunal of Mbaiki, which is located only 100 kilometres from Bangui, has to look after the prisoners himself because the state is not sending enough money to feed the prisoners.

Some prisoners have already escaped from the local prison, which is in ruins.

"This detention centre is a prison without roof (…) The state is unable to buy food for the prisoners. Sometimes we buy food using my family’s money," Jean-Baptiste Yamalet Mabouka, the head of the Mbaiki tribunal, told FRANCE 24.

"And if they fall ill, I pay for them myself to go to the hospital."

Click on the video player above to watch FRANCE 24's full report.

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