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Farmers-Herders Clash Leaves 15 Dead In Central African Republic

Recurring clashes between farmers and herders in the Central African Republic has resulted in the loss of lives and properties.

Fourteen persons have died after violence broke out between farmers and cattle herders in the Central African Republic village of Tiri, situated on the border with Chad.

According to local authorities, “certain Peul cattle rearers who came from the village of Tiri to graze their cattle were said to have destroyed the farm and harvest of a farmer.”

This resulted in a violent dispute between the farmers and cattle rearers that led to the death of one grazier.

“In reprisal, cattle rearers from Chad killed 14 persons including women and children. They razed down more than six-six houses and granaries. More than three thousand persons have fled from the village,” revealed Francois Dieudonne Bata Wapi Yepi, the prefect of Bamingui-Bangoran.

Medical personnel sources revealed that two seriously wounded persons have been transferred to the Ndele hospital, about 80 kilometres from Tiri.

Conflicts between farmers and graziers are recurrent in this region, especially during the period of transhumance. 

Farmers always accuse cattle rearers of destroying their farms and crops leading to violence and deaths.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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