UN expert calls for urgent assistance to displaced people in Central African Republic

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Children from the Central African Republic carrying clean water for their family. UNHCR/S.Phelps

The international community has been urged to provide adequate resources to cope with the needs of a large and growing number of persons displaced by violence in the Central African Republic.

Chaloka Beyani, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons says the number of displaced persons has increased dramatically over the past few weeks, reaching close to a million.

Over half a million are in the capital, Bangui, including those currently sheltering at the airport.

The UN expert says he is concerned that the flare-up of crises elsewhere could affect the scale of assistance provided to the people in need in the country.

He is stressing the need to strengthen the efforts to address the dire conditions of the displaced persons especially women, children, and those with disabilities.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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