29 August 2013

Central African Republic: Thousands Take Refuge At Airport

Photo: voice of America
Central African Republic's new President Michel Djotodia speaks to his supporters at a rally in favor of the Seleka rebel coalition in downtown Bangui Mar. 30, 2013.

More than 5,000 people have taken refuge at the main airport in the Central African Republic after days of fighting and unrest in the capital.

The U.N. refugee agency says Bangui has endured more than a week of violence, looting, armed robberies and other problems, prompting many residents to flee their neighborhoods.

It says the thousands who gathered at Bangui International Airport are blocking the runway, forcing flights to be rerouted to Cameroon.

The U.N. agency urged authorities to use all means to restore security and protect the population.

The CAR has been wracked by lawlessness since the rebel movement Seleka overthrew President Francois Bozize in March.

The U.N. refugee agency says there are now more than 206,000 internally displaced people in the CAR. Another 63,000 have fled to neighboring countries since the Seleka rebellion began last December.

Copyright © 2013 Voice of America. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.