Relentless violence against children in Central African Republic is an affront to humanity: UNICEFListen /
The horrific killing, abuse and harm being inflicted on children as violence continues unabated in the Central African Republic, are an affront to humanity, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said "For too long, the lives of children in the Central African Republic have not counted nor been counted in this forgotten crisis".
More than half a million people have been displaced so far by the conflict, and latest reports show that an average of three people every hour were killed in fighting in the second week of December alone. Despite the volatile security situation, UNICEF continues to support critical services for displaced families in conflict-affected parts of the country including Bangui, Bossongoa and Kaga Bandoro.
Executive Director Anthony Lake said "The facts are right in front of us. This vicious conflict is now affecting 2.3 million children. Children are being killed because they are Christian or Muslim. Children are being forced to flee their homes and hide in terror to avoid the fighters. Children are witnessing horrific acts of violence. Children are being recruited into armed groups – possibly as many as 6,000. These brutal attacks on children are an affront to humanity."
So far this year, UNICEF and its partners have vaccinated more than 480,000 children under five against measles.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.