Gallery: Humanitarian impasse in a Muslim enclave

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    Since December 2013 Central African Republic is torn by political conflict that becomes increasingly inter religious.
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    Likened to Seleka, an alliance of rebel Muslims groups, CAR Muslim communities are the target of retaliation by anti-balakas militias, predominantly Christian.
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    In Carnot, the few Muslims who have not fled the region are sheltered within the compound of the Catholic Church.
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    MISCA African Union soldiers protects the last Muslims. More than 100,000 refugees have already moved to Cameroon.
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    Muslims in Carnot are mainly Peul. Many of these nomadic pastoralists have lost their livestock. There are also many widows.
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    Nearly a thousand people live for months on an area equivalent to the size of half a football field.
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    Children make about half of the camp population. They are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases.
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    The rainy season has now begun. Malaria and diarrhea are rampant.
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    Maintaining minimal hygienic conditions in such an overcrowded environment is a daily challenge.
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    The displaced receive food and malnutrition is not a major concern in the camp.
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    The occupation of the Church is another source of tension with the Christian population of Carnot, especially during Sunday Mass.
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    Most of the displaced live in these conditions since February 2014.Many are just waiting for a solution to leave the country.
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    Diamond mining was the main economic activity in Carnot region. It has been badly destabilized by the departure of Muslim traders.
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    The collapse of the economy and population displacement are currently causing an increase in child malnutrition.
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    MSF supports Carnot hospital since 2009 for emergency, pediatrics and HIV and tuberculosis treatment.
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    The roads and the prevailing insecurity forced MSF to use a plane to deploy inside the country. MSF runs 15 projets in CAR.

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24 June 2014
More than 90% of the western CAR's Muslim inhabitants have fled violence in the past few months
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