Bangui, The Central African Republic

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Egyptian forces of the MINUSCA peacekeeping force guard this mosque 24 hours a day. This is one of the four mosques outside of Bangui’s predominantly Muslim PK5 neighborhood.  BANGUI – November 2018. Photo by Tamara Rasamny.

 

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Most mosques in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, are located within the predominantly Muslim neighborhood, PK5, especially as the conflict in the country continues and political tensions are falsely attributed to religion. This mosque is one of the few of its kind left standing outside of the PK5 neighborhood. Some other mosques in the city have been destroyed multiple times in reprisal attacks, despite some communities pooling together money to rebuild the religious buildings.  BANGUI – November 2018. Photo by Tamara Rasamny
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This wall marked with broken glass protects another mosque residing in a Christian-majority neighborhood. This mosque has been destroyed twice as tensions rise. However, Central African Muslims and Christian members of the community have provided support to help rebuild the structure. During my visit to the Central African Republic, a year later, I was notified the mosque had been destroyed again.  BANGUI – November 2017. Photo by Tamara Rasamny

 

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Visit to the office of one of the only psychiatrists in the country. Files from patients over the years. BANGUI – November 2017. Photo by Tamara Rasamny
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Diamond-cutting factory outside of Bangui. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – November 2017. Photo by Tamara Rasamny
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A man observes a diamond to check if it is cut properly at a diamond-cutting factory outside of Bangui. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – November 2017. Photo by Tamara Rasamny
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A man sticks out a piece of diamond while in the process of shaving it at a diamond-cutting factory outside of Bangui. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC – November 2017. Photo by Tamara Rasamny
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Fishermen take turns placing and taking their nets out of the water of the Oubangui River. BANGUI – November 2018. Photo by Tamara Rasamny
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Oubangui River, BANGUI – November 2018. Photo by Tamara Rasamny
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One of the candidates for Miss Bangui 2018 struts the stage. BANGUI – November 2018. Photo by Tamara Rasamny

 

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