UNICEF assisting displaced families in Central African RepublicListen /
More than 5,000 families displaced by violence in the Central African Republic are receiving critical emergency support from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The agency says the majority of the displaced are women and children who are now living in deplorable conditions in the northwest of the country with no access to safe water or shelter from the elements.
Marixie Mercado is UNICEF's spokesperson in Geneva.
"UNICEF teams are providing basic but critical supplies: safe water, tarpaulins, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, jerry cans, and soap. UNICEF has also provided emergency supplies to partners working in health and nutrition, and more supplies are en route." (14")
The government of the Central African Republic was overthrown in March by a rebel coalition, and UNICEF says nine months of fighting and lawlessness has been "disastrous" for the country's children.
Meanwhile, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports that a $195 million appeal to respond to the crisis is less than 40 per cent funded.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.