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Security deteriorates as Central African Republic civil war rages on

A Muslim man argues with French troops. Photo: ITV News

Security in the Central African Republic, where even young children have been targeted in a bitter civil war, appears to be deteriorating.

A member of the Christian militia holds a machete in CAR.

Thousands have fled the bloodshed, which has been raging in the capital Bangui. Despite French troops acting as peacekeepers.

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports:

Despite the French presence in their former colony, the troops are not always welcome.

Those in the streets tell them of their fears, with one Muslim man telling them: "We'd be killed if we went to a Christian neighbourhood. This is our country why are you here?"

Graffiti accuses the French of coming to steal CAR's riches. Credit: ITV News

In the children's hospital, an 11-year-old girl could have her leg amputated because of her injuries. She has already lost her sister during a three-week trek to try to escape the violence.

During a three-week trek to escape the violence this 11-year-old girl lost her sister and could now lose her leg. Credit: ITV News

A 13-year-old boy who had his fingers deliberately cut off with a machete remains in hospital. He still does not know where his parents are now, or whether they are alive.

A 13-year-old boy who had his fingers deliberately cut off. Credit: ITV News

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