Africa’s forgotten war: Part one

In the first of a two-part feature, war correspondent and Africa specialist Al J Venter reports from Bangui in the Central African Republic on the ongoing conflict in the region – now in its seventh year – and one in which air power is playing an important part.

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The heavy machine gun position on a Portuguese armoured vehicle as a Senegalese Mi-24 in UN markings prepares to depart a basic airstrip. Temporary bases deep in the interior of the Central African Republic, with fuel supplies, have proven essential in the ongoing war.
All photos Al Venter Collection

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