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Residents lie on the ground as they are searched by French soldiers during their patrol the villages in Bossangoa, north of the CAR capital Bangui
Residents lie on the ground as they are searched by French soldiers during a patrol of villages in Bossangoa, north of the Central African Republic (CAR) capital Bangui January 3, 2014. French and African troops deployed in the country have struggled to stop the tit-for-tat violence between Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March, and Christian self-defence militia, clashes that killed more than 1,000 people in December. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

Clashes in the Central African Republic capital

January 7, 2014

Violence in Central African Republic has uprooted nearly a million people, a fifth of the population, and is hampering aid efforts, particularly in the capital Bangui, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

A flare-up in violence between Muslim fighters and Christian militias has displaced more than 200,000 people in the past few weeks alone, leaving a total of 935,000 homeless. (Reuters)

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