At least 78 bodies have been found in the streets of the Central Africa Republic capital Bangui since it fell to rebels last weekend, as jittery residents waited to hear about a new government.
the streets of the Central Africa Republic capital Bangui since it fell to
rebels last weekend, as jittery residents waited to hear about a new
volunteers have found 78 bodies that were taken to the morgues…. We ask the
population to come to these sanitary institutions to identify the bodies with a
view to taking them away for burial,” a Red Cross official Albert Yomba Eyamo
“Since Saturday until today, our
tens of thousands of people in the impoverished and notoriously unstable
country face severe food shortages.
The United Nations meanwhile has warned
off in parts of Bangui, whose seizure on Sunday by the Seleka rebel coalition,
led by strongman Michel Djotodia, forced president Francois Bozize to flee and
sparked a rampage by groups of armed looters.
Drinking water and electricity were cut
Seleka, which means “alliance” and was formed by three rebel movements.
Many claimed to be members of the
Cross cast a shadow over celebrations for Central African Republic’s national
day Friday — named after the nation’s founder Barthelemy Boganda, who paved the
way for independence from France in 1960.
News of the death toll from the Red
ceremony in memory of Boganda, one resident explaining that people were still
fearful after Sunday’s coup.
Only about 300 people attended a small
today people can’t get around and they are frightened of moving around,” said
the resident, who asked not to be named.
“Usually, there are more people, but
deal for our country,” said Peter Banguima, a butcher, who said he was
concerned to see what he called “the Muslims” of the Seleka coalition in power.
Boganda “is a symbol, he did a great
government from Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, who has been reappointed to
the post he held for just two months as head of a national unity government
following a peace pact signed by the rebels and Bozize’s regime in Libreville
People waited for news of a new
and a handful of taxis had the streets to themselves as looting and unrest
Bangui city centre was quiet on Friday
are due to resume on “Tuesday at the latest,” a day after Easter Monday, Seleka
spokesman Christophe Gazam Betty said earlier this week.
Business and administrative activities
that he had failed to honour the terms of the Libreville accord. Bozize fled to
Cameroon and has asked for asylum in Benin, according to Benin’s Foreign
Minister Arifari Bako.
The rebels toppled Bozize on the grounds
servant who went into rebellion in 2005, said on Monday that he intended to
lead the country for three years, until elections are organised.
Djotodia, a former diplomat and civil
will work with Djotodia to restore order.
Many political figures have said they
rebels use as a base, Cyriaque Gonda, who led the presidential majority under
Bozize, said he and his colleagues “have decided to make ourselves available”,
because Djotodia has said he is ready to work within the spirit of the
Libreville accords and “he has open arms”.
Gathered at a Bangui hotel which the
highly unstable since its independence in 1960.
The Central African Republic has been