Doctors Without Borders center looted in Bangui

The displaced Central Africans attacked Post no. 1 of Doctors without Borders before they took covers, tables and medical equipment away

Doctors Without Borders center looted in Bangui

World Bulletin/News Desk

A center of the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders near Bangui Airport was on Saturday looted by several displaced people.

The displaced Central Africans attacked Post no. 1 of Doctors without Borders before they took covers, tables and medical equipment away.

On Friday, Doctors Without Borders decided to close down the center, which is located in close proximity to the airport refugee camp.

It said it would close it down because of a marked decrease in the number of refugees coming to it.

Apart from the medical equipment in the center, the displaced people also took the tent making this center.

"We waited for them to come and remove the tent so that we can take what would remain," Rosine Bele, one of the displaced people in the area, told Anadolu Agency.

"But when the Doctors Without Borders car arrived, young people had immediately pounced toward the facility, broke and took boards and the tent away," she added.

The refugee camp near Bangui Airport contains some Christians and members of the predominantly Christian anti-balaka militia.

For more than one year, the Central African Republic has been plagued by tit-for-tat sectarian violence between seleka fighters and Christian militiamen.

Anti-Muslim violence surged after president Michel Djotodia stepped down in January and was replaced by Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian who had formerly served as mayor of capital Bangui.

Christians, who account for the majority of the country's population, accuse Muslims of supporting Seleka militants blamed for attacking Christian homes, looting property and carrying out summary executions.

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