Agence France-PresseMay 3, 2013 22:30
Oils, soap and smoked fish may have returned to Bangui's colourful market stalls, but underneath the luring smells and lively buzz of haggling vendors, the tills ring empty, a sign of the Central African Republic's crippling finances and the constant fear of looters.
"I've been open since seven this morning, but at noon, I barely have 3,500 CFA francs (5.34 euros, $7) in my till. It's pathetic. Civil servants aren't being paid, the money doesn't circulate. We don't know what will become of us unless the situation in the country improves," said merchant Anour Tokis.