UNHCR seeks access to displaced people in Central African Republic

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A group of displaced children sit on a log in their new home in the bush

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people and refugees are in need of urgent assistance in the Central African Republic, according to the United Nations refuge agency (UNHCR).

The agency is concerned about the plight of these people to whom it has no access.

UNHCR says it welcomes the one-week ceasefire announced on Thursday in Gabon where there are talks between the government, the Seleka armed coalition and the opposition to end the conflict.

However, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards warns that the agency is concerned that many more people could be affected, including about 700,000 in the capital Bangui should full-scale fighting resume.

"We have received reports of thousands of people being displaced in the north and east since of the country since the start of the Séléka advance about a month ago. About 800,000 people were believed to be living in the affected areas when the current crisis erupted. We are very concerned about the general welfare of displaced civilians, many of whom live under harsh conditions and in remote settlements, as well as the conditions for refugees in CAR from South Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo." (Duration: 27")

Adrian Edwards says the Central African Republic hosts approximately 17,000 refugees and 2,500 asylum seekers.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'26″

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