Members of the ex-Seleka rebels pose with their fake weapons at late Centrafrican emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa's palace in Beringo, on March 3, 2014.(AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU)
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Abandoned in a palace, CAR militia waitsAbandoned by their superiors, hiding from their enemies, several hundred Christian militiamen in the Central African Republic find themselves holed up in an abandoned palace, left to train with wooden Kalashnikovs and hunt mice for food.These men were supposed to support the government of Michel Djotodia, who had seized power in a coup last year with the help of his Seleka militia.Unable to staunch an outbreak of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians, Djotodia was forced to step down by the international community in January.While most of Djotodia's Seleka rebels were Muslims, the group stationed at the abandoned palace are all Christians. In December, officers and instructors fled the palace as the Christian anti-balaka militia approached.A local village mayor, who has been in place for two decades, remembers the palace when it was a "jewel" of Bokassa's regime.
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