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CAR humanitarian situation

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A French soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint at the Mpoko airport in Bangui
A French soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint at the Mpoko airport in Bangui Reuters/Joe Penney

French troops have started to deploy in the Central African Republic, airlifting men and equipment to the capital Bangui, in preparation for an intervention to restore order. This comes after French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced plans earlier this week that France was sending one-thousand troops to help stop increasing violence. The situation in the country has become increasing precarious following the ousting of former president Francois Bozize by the Seleka rebel coalition in March this year. Its thought that some four-hundred-thousand people across the country have been displaced, many of them living in the bush, with little access to clean water or humanitarian relief. RFI speaks to Christian Mulamba, Country Director of International Medical Corps, a humanitarian organisation that is trying to provide medical care.