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Fire Razes 50 Houses At Central African Republic IDPs Camp

Fires are becoming rampant in camps for displaced persons across Central African Republic as has been the case in Kaga-Bandoro, Bambari, Alindao, and Bria.

Fire, on Monday, March 21, razed 50 houses in a displaced persons camp in PK8 on the entrance into Bambari, Central African Republic

The fire caused damages to materials and other belongings of the displaced persons.

The cause of the fire is not yet officially known but some eyewitness accounts said it was sparked off by a wrong manipulation of electrical connections/appliances.

“The fire started around 10 a.m. (local time) and due to swift winds, it quickly spread throughout the camp razing down 50 habitations,” an eyewitness told HumAngle.

“There were no human casualties but the PK8 camp that was housing thousands of displaced persons fleeing from violence since 2016 is now a shadow of what it used to be.”

Fires are a rampant occurrence in camps for displaced persons as has been the case in Kaga-Bandoro, Bambari, Alindao, and Bria.

Humanitarian workers attributed most of the fires to winds and the dry season.

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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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