December 10, 2013

No Easy Answers in Central African Republic

Susanna Flood, Global Public Square

The Associated Press

What do you say to a grieving widow whose two sons have just been killed and who has 15 grandchildren at home to look after? How do you respond when the children with whom you have just been laughing and joking – who fled with their families to a rapidly growing camp for displaced people – tell you they are hungry and haven’t eaten for two days? How should you feel when you watch a seething mass of humanity taking refuge in desperate conditions because they feel safer there than in their homes? What should you say when a chill goes through you as you hear people, time and time again, blame the Muslims or the Christians for their plight? There are no easy answers to these questions but this is the reality in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic today. Conditions are...

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TAGGED: Central African Republic, Africa, France


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