Children play with the wreckage of a light plane at the Mpoko Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Bangui on Thursday, ahead of a historical visit by the pope
French soldiers, part of Operation Sangaris, patrols Bangui la Coquette at “PK0″ of the capital
French soldiers of the Sangaris contingent patrol the site of a barricade in central Bangui. Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday
People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui, the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, take part in a protest. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on Wednesday, a military source said
A Muslim girl takes refuge in a Koranic school in the majority Muslim neighbourhood 5 Kilo, in Bangui, Central African Republic. About 50 Muslims are displaced in the school waiting to be moved to a safer location.
Operation Sangaris French troops man a position at a checkpoint in Bangui’s PK12 area, Central African Republic
A woman runs for cover as heavy gunfire erupts in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic. In what a French soldier on the scene describes as the heaviest exchange of fire he had seen since early December, Muslim militias engaged Burundi troops who returned fire.
A French soldier of Operation Sangaris asks a man to put down his hammer and shovel during a patrol in Bangui. Gunfire erupted on Wednesday in the Central African Republic capital, which remains plagued by looting despite the security operations of French and African soldiers, now awaiting the reinforcement from a European force whose engagement has been authorised by the UN.
Christian residents jubilate as Séléka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, to relocate and join other Sélékas at the PK11camp. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds who gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.
An armed anti-balaka militiaman poses on the outskirts of the capital Bangui in the Central African Republic
A displaced camp near Mpoko airport on Wednesday in Bangui. Few people are going back home even as the situation grows less tense in the Central African capital.
A packed taxi drives past a French checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic on Monday. Over 1,600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence. More than 600 people have been killed since Christian groups known as the Anti-Balaka – balaka means machete – launched a strike over Bangui last week before being pushed back.
People queue to receive aid near a camp for internally displaced persons in Bangui on Friday. Aid workers warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic capital as the UN said more than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the past week and tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection have fled their homes.
A child sits next to barbed wire as people stand in a refugee camp near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, after fleeing violence
A man gives information about ex-Séléka rebels to a French soldier in a Combattant neighborhood near Bangui’s airport. French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants.
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Soldiers patrol the streets of Bangui as shots ring out and blasts from heavy weapons rock several districts of the Central African Republic capital on Thursday morning amid communal tensions ahead of a UN vote authorising force to stop the country’s descent into chaos.