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Thousands flee new CAR ‘rebels’

Armed unrest in the Central African Republic has caused thousands of people to flee to Chad in recent weeks. Sources in the region speak of a nascent rebellion against the CAR government of General Francois Bozize. The refugees say they were caught in the crossfire between forces loyal to General Bozize and others linked to the government he overthrew in 2003. They say they are fleeing armed men who attack villages, steal possessions and in some cases kidnap children. Refugee flows are often the first indication outsiders have of what is happening in the more remote parts of the world. An estimated 5,000 people are now known to have fled the north-west of the Central African Republic in the past three weeks. Full Story

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