Scores of Bodies Found in CAR Capital

Scores of Bodies Found in CAR Capital

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


Scores of Bodies Found in CAR Capital

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

in January.

People waited for news of a new

and a handful of taxis had the streets to themselves as looting and unrest

petered out.

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


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