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A rare sense of calm in volatile CAR
A semblance of security is encouraging those who fled violence to return.
Last updated: 10 Aug 2014 19:30
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Bangui, Central African Republic - Months of religiously motivated violence have shredded the social fabric of the Central African Republic and forced hundreds of thousands people to take to the road - swelling refugee camps in the capital city of Bangui, outlying provinces, and in neighbouring countries. 

With an increased sense of security, some have started to return, but many remain wary. Violence can flare up at anytime.

International forces patrol the streets of the capital and engage with the residents. The once-deserted streets are now lined with food vendors. Yet there are still noticeable scars in this uneasy calm.  

PK5, a once-mixed neighbourhood, has turned into a Muslim enclave over the past few months. Muslim residents are still scared to leave the sanctuary of their neighbourhood. While Christian women sit on the side of the road selling food, Muslim worshippers come in numbers to attend the Eid prayers. Smiles are exchanged - something unthinkable months ago.

Just a few hundred metres away is a 'no-man's-land'. Parts of the neighbourhood remain emptied of its residents. Scores of destroyed houses are a reminder of the sheer brutality that tore the city apart.

Nearly 40,000 Christians still live on the airport grounds under derelict planes, in hangars, and under a sea of tents by the runway. Many have lost family members and homes. For now, they have nowhere else to go. Children play, smile, and laugh.

For now, a sense of normalcy prevails and life continues, but the slightest spark could ignite another fire. 


/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Since June, European Union Force (EUFOR) soldiers have taken over the mission to secure and stabilise Bangui 



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

On a foot patrol in the third arrondissement, or administrive subdivision, French EUFOR forces make their presence felt and visible



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Engaging with residents is key to the EUFOR mission; bringing back security to the neighbourhoods that saw the most violence



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Patroling night and day is essential to ensure security, combat criminality, and to help bring people back to their neighbourhoods



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Local residents engage with the adjudent bouliers, or executive officers, to keep them apprised of the situations in their neighbourhoods



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

An uneasy sense of calm reigns over the city. In PK5, Muslim residents going to Ali Babourou Mosque for early morning Eid prayers



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Months ago, only a few dared to go to the Muslim place of prayer, the mosque



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Now, there is not enough room for everyone who wants to pray in the facility



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Arriving in numbers, the faithful pray on the street outside Ali Babourou Mosque



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

A young boy looks to his father for guidance



/Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera

Two sisters celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid, the celebration at the end Ramadan. Thousands of Muslims live trapped in their neighbourhood and still feel unsafe to leave



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

A man sits among the debris of the many Muslim-owned houses and shops along avenue Koudoukou that were destroyed in Bangui



/Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera

Nearly 40,000 Chrisitans continue to live on the airport grounds



/Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera

Families sleep in tents, in the hangars, or under derelict planes



/Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Among the displaced, thousands of children suffer from malnutrition. Many have been separated from their parents




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Since June, European Union Force (EUFOR) soldiers have taken over the mission to secure and stabilise Bangui 

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On a foot patrol in the third arrondissement, or administrive subdivision, French EUFOR forces make their presence felt and visible

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Engaging with residents is key to the EUFOR mission; bringing back security to the neighbourhoods that saw the most violence

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Patroling night and day is essential to ensure security, combat criminality, and to help bring people back to their neighbourhoods

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Local residents engage with the adjudent bouliers, or executive officers, to keep them apprised of the situations in their neighbourhoods

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An uneasy sense of calm reigns over the city. In PK5, Muslim residents going to Ali Babourou Mosque for early morning Eid prayers

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Months ago, only a few dared to go to the Muslim place of prayer, the mosque

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Now, there is not enough room for everyone who wants to pray in the facility

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Arriving in numbers, the faithful pray on the street outside Ali Babourou Mosque

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A young boy looks to his father for guidance

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Two sisters celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid, the celebration at the end Ramadan. Thousands of Muslims live trapped in their neighbourhood and still feel unsafe to leave

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A man sits among the debris of the many Muslim-owned houses and shops along avenue Koudoukou that were destroyed in Bangui

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Nearly 40,000 Chrisitans continue to live on the airport grounds

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Families sleep in tents, in the hangars, or under derelict planes

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Among the displaced, thousands of children suffer from malnutrition. Many have been separated from their parents

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Since June, EUFOR Soldiers have taken over the mission to secure and stabilise Bangui

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Since June, EUFOR Soldiers have taken over the mission to secure and stabilise Bangui

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In PK5, Muslim residents going to Ali Babourou Mosque for early morning Eid prayershttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/22d10cd071ad7c6883b05e51e8d2a690Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera Yet an uneasy sense of calm reigns over the city. In PK5, Muslim residents going to Ali Babourou Mosque for early morning Eid prayers http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/7824e14085bd3e17e62098f2143bd30eMonths ago, only a few dared to go to Mosque.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/7824e14085bd3e17e62098f2143bd30eAlexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera Months ago, only a few dared to go to Mosque. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/bc6a469d6377bd71eeb82163daedb50eNow, not everyone manages to get insidehttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/bc6a469d6377bd71eeb82163daedb50eAlexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera Now, not everyone manages to get inside http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/4ff77e0cce6b9e0bf5245ae10a0278c4Coming in numbers, the faithful pray on the street outside Ali Babourou Mosquehttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/4ff77e0cce6b9e0bf5245ae10a0278c4Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera Coming in numbers, the faithful pray on the street outside Ali Babourou Mosque http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/95ce5fbbd0c9f45de3dcf3607f3500b0A young boy looks at his father for guidancehttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/95ce5fbbd0c9f45de3dcf3607f3500b0Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera A young boy looks at his father for guidance http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/803d4d8d994b75f35ddc69cc712cc306Two sister celebrate Eid with their parents in celebrating Eid. Thousands of Muslims live entrapped in their neighborhood and still feel unsafe to leavehttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/803d4d8d994b75f35ddc69cc712cc306Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera Two sister celebrate Eid with their parents in celebrating Eid. Thousands of Muslims live entrapped in their neighborhood and still feel unsafe to leave http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/2c6655cb031fe5cb6ccc5da0fdb0eec6A man sits amongst the debris of the many destroyed muslim owned houses and shops along avenue Koudoukou, Banguiā??http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/2c6655cb031fe5cb6ccc5da0fdb0eec6Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera A man sits amongst the debris of the many destroyed muslim owned houses and shops along avenue Koudoukou, Banguiā?? http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/1ac9bd2c6ee7fa6d63c040495ace1fc8Nearly 40,000 Chrisitans continue to live on the airport groundhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/1ac9bd2c6ee7fa6d63c040495ace1fc8Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera Nearly 40,000 Chrisitans continue to live on the airport ground http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/45327cf85b33e65543a4a3d1d8d821b3Families sleep in tents, in the hangars or under derelic planeshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/45327cf85b33e65543a4a3d1d8d821b3Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera Families sleep in tents, in the hangars or under derelic planes http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/4002e2eeb05382fbd625317e99527e08

Amongst the displaced, Thousands of children suffer from Malnutrition. Many have been separated from their parents.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/An_eerie_sense_of_calm_reigns_over_the_Central_African_Republic_as_the_future_of_the_country_remains_uncertain./slideshow/no-caption/4002e2eeb05382fbd625317e99527e08Alexander Ohrn/Al Jazeera

Amongst the displaced, Thousands of children suffer from Malnutrition. Many have been separated from their parents.



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