2009-04-19 Paoua. Begoto Lesdoux and Berigo Boniface, members of the Saramanja self defence group. (Named after the neighbourhood they patrol.).The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. With several rebel groups roaming large swaths of the country and a weak national army notorious for it's human rights abuses, youths have taken it upon themselves to set up neighborhood watch patrols. ..The police are understaffed, the army is fighting the rebels, so these enthusiastic youths try to keep a certain order in their neighborhood, patrolling day and night. They do get into dangerous situations when interfering in violent fights. Some self-defense groups are known to have clashed with rebels. But most injuries occur to their feet, patrolling the streets at night without light wearing flimsy sandals.
- Ronald de Hommel
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