Displaced women face threat of rape in Central African Republic
By France 24
01 May 2017 | 5:00 pm
It's one of the world's forgotten conflicts. Forced to flee violence in the Central African Republic, thousands of displaced people are languishing in a camp on the border between Chad and Sudan.
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