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'This is our new year!'

Published January 29. 2014 4:00AM
Jerome Delay/AP Photo
Christian residents cheer as Seleka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp Tuesday in Bangui, Central African Republic, to relocate and join other Selekas at a camp in northern Bangui. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave. "We are free! This is our new year!" they shouted. Seleka militias became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.

Christian residents cheer as Seleka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp Tuesday in Bangui, Central African Republic, to relocate and join other Selekas at a camp in northern Bangui. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave. "We are free! This is our new year!" they shouted. Seleka militias became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.

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