Former Solent University student 'murdered' while reporting African conflict

Daily Echo: Ex-Southampton student journalist killed in war torn country Ex-Southampton student journalist killed in war torn country

A FORMER Solent University student has been murdered while working in the Central African Republic, according to French Government officials.

The body of photojournalist Camille Lepage, 26, was discovered by French troops patrolling in the Bouar region in the west of the country in a vehicle driven by militia from the anti-machete group.

It is understood that Miss Lepage, a French national, had moved to Juba in South Sudan in July 2012, after completing a journalism degree at Solent University in Southampton, but had spent the last few months working in the Central African Republic. 

Tonight french president François Hollande has ordered "the immediate despatch" of a French team and police from the African force deployed in the CAR to the scene.

Her death comes as security in the African country has been deteriorating, with about a quarter of its 4.6 million population fleeing their homes since conflict erupted in March 2013 between mainly Muslim and Christian militias.

A week ago, in her last tweet on May 6, Miss Lepage had written that she was “travelling with the anti-balaka to Amada Gaza, about 120km from Berberati”.

It also said: "We left at 3.30am to avoid the Misca checkpoints and it took us eight hours by motorbike as there is no proper roads to reach the village. In the region of Amada Gaza, 150 people were killed by the Seleka between March and now.

"Another attack took place on Sunday killing 6 people, the anti-balaka Colonel Rock decides to send his elements there to patrol around and take people who fled the bush back to their homes safely."

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6:37am Wed 14 May 14

tygertyger says...

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Very sad to know! We strictly condemn these coward acts and will share this to our network https://tyger.ac Really pathetic news. tygertyger
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9:17am Wed 14 May 14

Brite Spark says...

Absolutely horrific, another journalist killed in an effort to report the facts. It amazes me that although it takes a great deal of bravery to report from places like Tahir Square, Syria and CAR that female journalists who clearly stand out as high value targets to the militias or lawless government hench men, are still sent to their deaths in such areas. This is a very sad story but it was always on the cards in this volatile and crimeless region, she shouldn't have been there.
Absolutely horrific, another journalist killed in an effort to report the facts. It amazes me that although it takes a great deal of bravery to report from places like Tahir Square, Syria and CAR that female journalists who clearly stand out as high value targets to the militias or lawless government hench men, are still sent to their deaths in such areas. This is a very sad story but it was always on the cards in this volatile and crimeless region, she shouldn't have been there. Brite Spark
  • Score: -4

9:18am Wed 14 May 14

Brite Spark says...

crime ridden!
crime ridden! Brite Spark
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