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May 27, 2015
'Wall' of religious hatred divides Central African town
Boda, Central African Republic (AFP) May 25, 2015
The outbreak of violence that plunged the Central African Republic into chaos in 2013 has left a legacy of suspicion, fear and hatred that still plagues places like the southern mining town of Boda. "There's an invisible wall. It's as if we're in prison," says Bouburori Bindowo, deputy mayor of the town of around 11,000 people, whose Muslim residents, of whom he is one, live segregated from the often hostile Christian majority. The violence erupted after the 2013 coup that ousted president Franc ... read more

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