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6,000 Killed, 160,000 Displaced amid CAR Violence

Posted by feww on December 13, 2013

Sectarian violence in CAR continues to escalate

Inter-community clashes in the Central African Republic (CAR) has left at least 600 dead and about 160,000 others displaced, with continuous reports of killings and looting, according to the U.N.

“The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continuous to increase as violence persists. There are now over 160,000 IDPs in Bangui gathered in over 40 sites, with the highest concentration in churches, religious sites and the Bangui international airport.”

The following information release in September 2013 illustrates the severity of the situation in CAR

  • 4.6 million Central Africans—the country’s entire population—are affected by the crisis
  • 1.6 million are in “dire need of assistance.”
  • 206,000 people have been internally displaced, many of them living in the bush with little or no access to humanitarian assistance. 100,000 of them are children.
  • 60,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, mostly the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 11,252 refugees live in three camps in CAR, to which aid workers have very limited access.
  • 650,000 or more children are unable to attend school.
  • 484,000 people (10.5% of the population) are severely food insecure.
  • 3,500 children have been recruited into armed groups
  • 3,652 military and civilian personnel will make up the African-led International Support Mission in CAR, drawn largely from multinational forces already on the ground under different authorities.
  • 13,703 people on antiretroviral drugs are at risks of defaulting on their treatment because of supply chain interruptions.
  • Less than 20% of the country’s medical facilities are operational. [Sources: UNOCHA, UNHCR, UN Security Council, Save the Children]

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Scores Killed in CAR Clashes

Posted by feww on September 10, 2013

Fighting between armed factions leaves 80 dead, many injured in Central African Republic (CAR)

Renewed fighting follows a U.N. warning that the landlocked central African country was on the brink of collapse.

The latest clashes occurred near Bossangoa about 300 km north of the capital Bangui between fighters loyal to former President Francois Bozize and the ex-rebels who ousted him, reports said.

car- Renewed fighting in CAR leaves dozens dead, many injured amid worsening humanitarian crisis. The fighting follows a U.N. warning that the country was on the brink of collapse. Photo: UNICEF/Pierre Holtz.

The former rebels who are now in power have been accused by residents, United Nations officials and non-governmental organizations of a wave of killings and abuses, said a report.

“Houses were burnt, people were burnt alive including children, women and old people who had nothing to do with the fighting. It is really disgusting,” said an observer.

CAR is facing a major and multifaceted humanitarian and security crisis exacerbated by a coup d’etat in March 2013, said IRIN.

Human rights abuses such as “arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks”, are becoming ever more common, according to a recent report to the UN Security Council.

The following data illustrates the severity of the situation in CAR

  • 4.6 million Central Africans—the country’s entire population —are affected by the crisis
  • 1.6 million are in “dire need of assistance”.
  • 206,000 people have been internally displaced, many of them living in the bush with little or no access to humanitarian assistance. 100,000 of them are children.
  • 60,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, mostly the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 11,252 refugees live in three camps in CAR, to which aid workers have very limited access.
  • 650,000 or more children are unable to attend school.
  • 484,000 people (10.5% of the population) are severely food insecure.
  • 3,500 children have been recruited into armed groups
  • 3,652 military and civilian personnel will make up the African-led International Support Mission in CAR, drawn largely from multinational forces already on the ground under different authorities.
  • 13,703 people on antiretroviral drugs are at risks of defaulting on their treatment because of supply chain interruptions.
  • Less than 20% of the country’s medical facilities are operational. [Sources: UNOCHA, UNHCR, UN Security Council, Save the Children]

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