UN warns of genocide in Central African RepublicListen /
The Central African Republic is facing the risk of genocide according to a senior UN humanitarian official.
The country has been in turmoil for the last year after rebels launched attacks and forced President François Bozizé to flee.
Around 950,000 people have been displaced by the fighting and widespread human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, mutilations and rape have been reported by the UN.
John Ging, director of operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has just returned from the Central African Republic.
He's warning of genocide.
“It has all the elements that we have seen elsewhere, in places like Rwanda and Bosnia. The elements are there, the seeds are there, for a genocide. There’s no question about that.”
He said a genocide may be avoided by a massive scaling up in the international response to the crisis.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.