Central African Republic Refugees Flee to Congo

Collection with 29 media items created by sorinfurcoi

06 Mar 2014 22:00

The Central African Republic (CAR) has experienced decades of political unrest. Violence has spiralled since the 2013, when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels alliance
ousted President Francois Bozize. Their abuses against the majority Christian population sparked a wave of revenge attacks that led to massacres across the country.

Violence in the north east of the country and in the capital Bangui has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. UNHCR estimates that over 2000 people have been killed since December 2013. More than 600 000 people have been internally displaced and some 100 000 have fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of the Congo, Chad and Cameroon.

According to the UNHCR, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now hosting nearly 60,000 refugees from Central African Republic. Half of them are spread across four refugee camps, while the others are living with host families.
An estimated 9000 people live in the Mole refugee camp, located on the banks of the Oubagui river, 35 kilometres from the nearest big town, Zongo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nearly 10,000 refugees, both Muslims and Christians, have found refuge in the Boyabu Camp.

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Boyabu Camp 23
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04 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. UNHCR delivering aid to Boyabu and Mole refugee camps is very difficult. The only way to access them is from the Oubangui river or through jungle dirt roads. It can take weeks for the aid to reach the camp.

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Boyabu Camp 22
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04 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Food distribution for families happens on different days than for single people. People queue for hours to get their small share of flour, oil, salt and soap.

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Boyabu Camp 22
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04 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. School children showing the words they learned in class that day. Not all the children receive notebooks. Many of them have have to use small wooden black painted boards and chalk.

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Boyabu Camp 21
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04 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. A girl at the Boyabu refugee camp, after a school day.

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Boyabu Camp 20
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04 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. School children after school. They were proudly displaying their notebooks.

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Boyabu Camp 19
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. UNHCR, with the help of local Congolese contractors, have dug up wells around the camp for drinking water. Refugees often complain that not all the wells have clean water suitable for cooking and drinking.

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Boyabu Camp 17
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Family preparing their dinner. The only food they receive from the UNHCR is flour, salt and oil. The rest of their diet is composed of fruits and root vegetable they pick in the forest and the other food they manage to trade around the camp and in the local market.

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Boyabu Camp 17
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Two sisters caring for their younger brother.

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Boyabu Camp 16
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Shelter are made from wooden frames covered in plastic sheeting. Refugees sleep on bamboo matts on the bare ground.

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Boyabu Camp 15
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Despite the fact that living conditions in the refugee camps are often better than the living conditions of the local Congolese population, Central African refugees are most often welcomed by the local communities.

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Boyabu Camp 14
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. People circulating in the camp.

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Boyabu Camp 13
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Teenagers often walk for hours to reach local markets and trade and sell the egetables and fruits they pick in the forest with locals.

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Boyabu Camp 12
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Portrait of a child. UNHCR employs refugees living in the camp as teachers. The refugee teachers are in charge of the school and the education of the children under the supervision the UNHCR and the refugees' leaders.

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Mole camp 8
By sorinfurcoi
08 Mar 2014

Children in Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. The majority of the children in the camp attend schools set up by the UNHR with the support of the refugees' leaders.

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Boyabu Camp 11
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Every day the number of shelters in the camp is growing. 20 to 30 new refugees arrive to the camp every 2 or 3 days.

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Boyabu Camp 10
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05 Mar 2014

The main street in Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Boyabu camp is hosting an estimated 6000 refugees.

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Boyabu Camp 9
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05 Mar 2014

Boyabu refugee camp, Lebenge, DRC. Families spend hours together in front of their small shelter.

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Mole camp 7
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08 Mar 2014

Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. A family has a makeshift shop in front of their shelter. They sell cigarettes and root vegetables collected from the forest.

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Mole Camp 6
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08 Mar 2014

Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. A child playing with a ball. UNHCR and the leaders elected by the refugees regularly organize sport events and other activities for the youth.

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Mole Camp 5
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08 Mar 2014

Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. People in the camp are trying to live as normal as possible despite the situation. Most of them already have a daily routine of chores around their shelter, provided by UNHCR.

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Mole Camp 4
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08 Mar 2014

Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. Children in the camp. Many of the children arrived in the camp with neighbors or distant relatives. They were separated from their families while trying to flee the violence in Central Africa Republic.

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Mole Camp 3
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08 Mar 2014

Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. Children singing and playing after school. For a moment, it seems like they forget their situation.

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Mole camp 2
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08 Mar 2014

Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. More than 9000 people live in the Mole refugee camp. Refugees have set up a small market at the entrance of the camp where they trade whatever goods and food they can spare.

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Mole Camp 1
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08 Mar 2014

Mole refugee camp, Zongo, DRC. Refugees sell fruits and roasted peanuts to earn some money.

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Mole camp 9
By sorinfurcoi
05 Mar 2014

Woman doing daily chores in Mole refugee camp