Thursday 19 October 2017

Last camp for IDPs in Bangui closed

Last camp for IDPs in Bangui closed
(APA 07/28/17)

APA-Bangui (Central African Republic) - The central mosque in Bangui, used to accommodate displaced persons, and the last of 30 sites opened in the nation’s capital, which also provided shelter for ex-fighters was closed on Thursday.

The ex-fighters were involved in the fight between the Christian anti-balakas militias and the Seleka rebels

The residents of the camp, who are mostly Muslims, have on their departure received support from the government which gave each of the 388 households 50,000 CFA francs.

“We have to take care of ourselves, even if we do not have the morale, because we have to return to our homes and reorganize the lives of our families,” said Hassan Abdoul, an IDP, who was arrested as he was preparing to leave the place after a four-year stay.

This closure of the camp, also known as Km5, marks the end of the “Christmas at Home Operation” launched by President Faustin Archange Touadera last December, in an attempt to allow the displaced people within Bangui to return to their homes.

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