Sunday 23 July 2017

Fresh violence erupts in Zemio in CAR

Fresh violence erupts in Zemio in CAR
(APA 07/07/17)

APA-Bangui (Central African Republic) - A new wave of violence erupted in Zemio, more than 1400 km south-east from Bangui, in the Central African Republic (CAR) which plunged its population into disarray, security sources informed APA Thursday.

Armed groups that have been fighting since last Saturday, on Monday resumed clashes in Zemio on Thursday morning, forcing a large part of its estimated around 20,000 residents to take refuge in various parts of the city, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Due to the level of violence, humanitarian workers are forced to temporarily limit their activities in Zemio.

The parishioners of the Catholic Church of Zemio were able to bury a dozen bodies in a mass grave following the first waves of violence, according to the same sources. These fights are accompanied by looting and burning of houses.

Around 100 houses were reportedly set on fire, according to humanitarian workers who deplored the risk of an epidemic in the city of Zemio due to lack of proper care and the precarious conditions in which the inhabitants are living.

The city of Zemio is also an area where rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from Uganda are rampant. The violence that has just broken out in the city involved opposing self-defence groups.

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