UN Says CAR Seeing Worst Violence of Civil War
Surging Violence in the Central African Republic has led to a large increase in displacement of people. According to the UN, 2017 saw the worst displacement and violence since the beginning of the conflict in 2013. Nearly one-quarter of the 4.6 million person population, has either become an IDP or a refugee in a neighboring country. The conflict is between Muslim Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka Christian and animist forces.
01/26/2018 CAR (UN.org) Surging violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has put unprecedented numbers of people on the run, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, reporting that hungry, desperate arrivals being registered in neighbouring Chad say their houses have been torched and that armed groups are “killing anyone in their way.”
Overall, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the violence has pushed displacement to its highest levels since the start of the violence in 2013, moreover, estimates show that almost half the population is now food insecure and some 2.5 million people need humanitarian assistance.
“Data as of the end of December shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 per cent more than just a year ago,” Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesperson told reporters at today’s regular press briefing in Geneva.
Meanwhile, 542,380 CAR refugees are in neighbouring countries, a 12 per cent increase compared to last year.
“For a country whose population is estimated at around 4.6 million, these two figures combined represent an astonishing level of suffering and people in need,” he added.
Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country into civil conflict in 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people have been uprooted and have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Chad and the Republic of Congo for safety.