UNHCR concerned about continued displacement in Central African Republic

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Internally displaced children in the Central African Republic. [UNHCR/H. Caux]

The continued displacement of thousands of people in the Central African Republic three months after the government was ousted by a rebel coalition remains of extreme concern to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency reports that there are more than 200,000 internally displaced people and over 20,000 refugees in the country.

UNHCR and its partners have had limited access to parts of the capital, Bangui, and other areas to assess the condition of those affected by the insecurity.

Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says the findings are very troubling.

"Overall, there remained a serious absence of security, and lawlessness was widespread. Staff on those missions received reports of arbitrary arrest and illegal detention, torture, extortion, armed robbery, physical violence including sexual violence, rape and attempted rape, abduction, restriction of movement, targeted lootings and attacks on civilians. Villages and houses our staff saw had been burnt down in several areas.”

UNHCR reports that one of its former government counterparts who worked in the capital was recently arrested.

The agency is seeking assurances of his safety.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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