Security deteriorates as Central African Republic civil war rages on

A Muslim man argues with French troops.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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