5 Reasons Why Central Africans Are Living At The Airport

Displaced people go about their daily life in an aero-club area near Mpoko Bangui airport on January 8, 2014. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Displaced people go about their daily life in an aero-club area near Mpoko Bangui airport on January 8, 2014. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the past month, fighting between militia groups has devastated Central African Republic. In an effort to rein in the violence, the president and prime minister’s resignations were announced Friday at a summit in neighboring Chad.

Meanwhile, Central Africans desperately seek safety wherever they can, taking shelter in churches, schools and mosques. More than half of the population of the capital city of Bangui is displaced, and around 60 percent are children, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency.

Streams of the country’s displaced have converged on one location: Bangui’s main airport, M’Poko. An estimated 100,000 people are living in makeshift shelters next to the airport runway, where fleeing foreigners shuttle out of the country, and humanitarian aid is flown in.

Here are five reasons why people have resorted to living among abandoned airplanes in the war-torn country.

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Source: Huffington Post

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