Adrienne Surprenant - Alindao has been the headquarters and operating base of Ali Darassas UPC (Union pour la Paix en Centrafrique) since February 2017. The city used to have a population of approximately 20,000; today, the site of the citys Catholic church is home to nearly 23,000 IDPs from Alindao and nearby villages.
Alindao has been the headquarters and operating base of Ali Darassa's UPC (Union pour la Paix en Centrafrique) since February 2017. The city used to have a population of approximately 20,000; today, the site of the city's Catholic church is home to nearly 23,000 IDPs from Alindao and nearby villages.
- Adrienne Surprenant - http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/displaced-car-residents-fear-wave-violence-171217102959051.html - Adrienne Surprenant - UPC fighters have used Alindao as a headquarters since United Nations peacekeepers pushed them out of the city of Bambari.
UPC fighters have used Alindao as a headquarters since United Nations peacekeepers pushed them out of the city of Bambari.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Emmanuel Ngadougou, a 38-year-old father of four, took refuge at the Catholic church in early May. An artisanal diamond miner who worked near Alindao, he says his family was attacked by Seleka fighters in May, leaving three of his family members dead and his house burned to the ground. He suffered a machete wound to the head and was left for dead in a pool of blood. I remember it so well and Im always scared, he said, noting he also remembers a time when people lived in perfect harmony.
Emmanuel Ngadougou, a 38-year-old father of four, took refuge at the Catholic church in early May. An artisanal diamond miner who worked near Alindao, he says his family was attacked by Seleka fighters in May, leaving three of his family members dead and his house burned to the ground. He suffered a machete wound to the head and was left for dead in a pool of blood. 'I remember it so well and I'm always scared,' he said, noting he also remembers a time when people 'lived in perfect harmony'.
- Adrienne Surprenant - An estimated 23,600 internally displaced people have moved to the grounds of the Catholic church since May 2017. The Christian population of Alindao fears returning to their homes.
An estimated 23,600 internally displaced people have moved to the grounds of the Catholic church since May 2017. The Christian population of Alindao fears returning to their homes.
- Adrienne Surprenant - The husband of Solange Yanga-Kotto, a 35-year-old mother of seven, was killed in front of her in May. She now lives at the Catholic church IDP site, struggling to care for her family alone.
The husband of Solange Yanga-Kotto, a 35-year-old mother of seven, was killed in front of her in May. She now lives at the Catholic church IDP site, struggling to care for her family alone.
- Adrienne Surprenant - The meat market used to be a focal point for the business community in Alindao, but today, few cattle are seen here.
The meat market used to be a focal point for the business community in Alindao, but today, few cattle are seen here.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Richard Aime Anga, 32, was at the butchery on the morning of May 9 when shooting started, and he left for his neighbourhood of Bangui Ville. On the way, he says he was attacked by Muslim fighters who cut his throat and yelled that he was a member of the anti-balaka, a Christian armed group. He survived and fled to the bush, where he stumbled upon Portuguese peacekeepers who brought him to the Red Cross.
Richard Aime Anga, 32, was at the butchery on the morning of May 9 when shooting started, and he left for his neighbourhood of Bangui Ville. On the way, he says he was attacked by Muslim fighters who cut his throat and yelled that he was a member of the anti-balaka, a Christian armed group. He survived and fled to the bush, where he stumbled upon Portuguese peacekeepers who brought him to the Red Cross.
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- Adrienne Surprenant - Women and children wait to be examined at a health centre near the Catholic mission.
Women and children wait to be examined at a health centre near the Catholic mission.
- Adrienne Surprenant - A young girl prepares food for IDPs, some of whom are living between the houses of villagers.
A young girl prepares food for IDPs, some of whom are living between the houses of villagers.
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- Adrienne Surprenant - An improvised market has sprung up at the centre of the Catholic church grounds.
An improvised market has sprung up at the centre of the Catholic church grounds.
- Adrienne Surprenant - For several weeks, as life has somewhat normalised in Alindao, locals say the displaced people living in UN-protected sites have been going out during the day to get food, wood and other basics.
For several weeks, as life has somewhat normalised in Alindao, locals say the displaced people living in UN-protected sites have been going out during the day to get food, wood and other basics.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Ardo Idrissa, 55, and his family, who are Muslim, live in the half-burned houses abandoned by the Christians who took refuge in the camps. They said they were attacked by anti-balakas in another village several times. They lost more than 100 cattle and came to Alindao to be protected by the UPC and the UN. Idrissa says they will stay here indefinitely because of growing insecurity throughout the countryside.
Ardo Idrissa, 55, and his family, who are Muslim, live in the half-burned houses abandoned by the Christians who took refuge in the camps. They said they were attacked by anti-balakas in another village several times. They lost more than 100 cattle and came to Alindao to be protected by the UPC and the UN. Idrissa says they will 'stay here indefinitely' because of growing insecurity throughout the countryside.
- Adrienne Surprenant - Don de Dieu (Gift from God), a displaced nine-year-old, returned to his village with his two older brothers to get some food and belongings. They were attacked and his two brothers were killed on spot. Don de Dieu was shot twice in the arm and wounded in the abdomen; his arm was later amputated. If the government can disarm these groups, peace will become back, said the boys grandfather, Josue Bacha Nguerendji. But if arms are still in the hands of [the] population, peace will never come back totally.
Don de Dieu (Gift from God), a displaced nine-year-old, returned to his village with his two older brothers to get some food and belongings. They were attacked and his two brothers were killed on spot. Don de Dieu was shot twice in the arm and wounded in the abdomen; his arm was later amputated. 'If the government can disarm these groups, peace will become back,' said the boy's grandfather, Josue Bacha Nguerendji. 'But if arms are still in the hands of [the] population, peace will never come back totally.'
- Adrienne Surprenant - Very few international aid organisations operate in Alindao and none can access the surrounding villages.
Very few international aid organisations operate in Alindao and none can access the surrounding villages.
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