Agence France-PresseFebruary 12, 2014 15:35
Hit by looting and brutal violence, Muslim shopkeepers in the Central African Republic have fled in huge numbers, leaving locals to confront a new menace of food scarcity and soaring prices.
"Now the hard part begins," said Herve Songo, a teacher in the capital Bangui. "Now that all the Muslim shops have been looted, ransacked and destroyed, prices have increased substantially."
The cost of everyday items like cooking gas, flour and sugar have gone up by a quarter in a matter of weeks, he said.
That is if there is anything left to buy.