Ten mosques have reopened in Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, as Muslims begin to trickle back home after months of sectarian violence.

The country exploded into violence in December 2013 that left at least 5,000 people dead and forced tens of thousands, mostly Muslims, to flee.

The vast majority of the country's mosques — 417 out of 436, according to a top American diplomat — were destroyed in the violence between Christians and Muslims. But with U.N. and French troops working to stabilize the country, the violence is subsiding.

Aliou Ousseini, one of the country's most influential imams, says 10 mosques that survived the fighting have reopened in recent weeks. A spokesman for Muslims in the capital says about 3,000 Muslims who fled the violence have come home.