Central African sugar factory reopens amid strife

A French soldier of the Sangaris contingent secures the site of the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo on June 5, 2014Ngakobo (Central African Republic) (AFP) – A sugar refinery — the wartorn Central African Republic’s biggest factory — is back in business after soldiers recaptured it from former rebels who occupied it for more than a year. They had fled to the capital Bangui amid sectarian violence sparked by a March 2013 coup by the mainly Muslim Seleka movement. We were bored, so we are happy to be back,” said 30-year-old Solange Ngortene, a secretary at the factory. Under a blazing sun, workers are busy cutting sugar cane on four hectares (10 acres) of rolling green fields.

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