The rusting planes and tattered tents of M’Poko airport provided refuge for tens of thousands fleeing violence in the Central African Republic.Now forced back to the city by the government, some say conditions were better in the camp

For years, anyone landing in the capital of the Central Africa Republic was greeted by the sight of tens of thousands of people living in old aeroplanes and tattered tents in a refugee camp that had taken over the city’s disused airport.

With at least 100,000 residents at its peak, this city within a city became a defining image of the prolonged sectarian conflict in CAR, a war largely ignored by outsiders.

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