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The Barber of Boda (Extra Scene from 'Diamonds and Division')

In this extra scene, VICE News meets Alain Sango, a barber in Boda, who has become personally involved in the rising religious tensions in the area.

by VICE News
Feb 3 2015, 6:00pm

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it is also rich in natural resources. One of the official mining sectors has collapsed amid the country's ongoing conflict, and now both sides are benefitting from the illicit trade of gold and diamonds. Clashes over control of the many mines have also created religious tension in places where there previously had been none.

VICE News traveled to mines located in the heart of the Central African Republic to see how the battle over natural resources is playing out in one of the world's most violent conflicts.

In this extra scene, we meet Alain Sango, a barber who has become personally involved in the rising religious tensions in the area.

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