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Fire Razes Displacement Camp In Alindao, Central African Republic

The fire razed shelters for over 1,500 displaced people, adding to existing displacement camp inferno records in the Central African Republic.

The Galilee displaced persons camp housing over 1,500 refugees in Alindao, Central African Republic, was on Tuesday, Jan.11, razed.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of the time of this report but some eyewitnesses have alleged that the fire was caused by a child who wrongly manipulated a blaze, sending sparks through the winds to other parts of the camp.

“The fire which really started at 12 midday spread very rapidly and destroyed about 1,500 houses,” an eyewitness told HumAngle.

“No human life was lost but the Catholic camp housing displaced persons fleeing from violence perpetrated by armed groups dating back to 2016 has been completely destroyed.”

Fire incidents are very frequent in displaced persons camps in Kaga-Bandoro, Bambari, and Bria. They are especially regular during the dry season.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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