In early 2022, the area of Ippy in the centre of the country experienced renewed clashes between rebel groups and government troops supported by allied forces.
Fleeing violence, thousands of people from rural villages rushed to Ippy town and the sites for internally displaced people (IDP) that popped up there in recent months and years.
“When violence broke out, we fled to the neighbouring village, but it was attacked too, and my three sons were killed,” says Jeremy, who moved with his wife and children to Ippy’s Yetomane site, some 40km from his home.
“We buried them in a mass grave and set off again. Since then, I have not been able to sleep.”
Olga and Jean-Claude travelled almost 140 kilometres with their six children to reach the Bogouyo IDP site. "We walked for a week, with old people, children and sick people," they explain. "Some died along the way, and we were forced to abandon their bodies in the bush without being able to bury them. They were only covered with grass. The children saw it all. How will they forget such images?”