Children killed in "brutal, senseless communal violence" in CAR

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Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

Children in the Central African Republic are "under assault and being killed in brutal, senseless communal violence" the Executive Director of the UN Children's fund UNICEF said on Tuesday.

Thousands of people are thought to have been killed and about a million have fled their homes during months of inter communal violence in the Central African Republic.

The fighting started in March last year after rebels seized power.

UNICEF chief, Anthony Lake was recently in the country. He said the international community must act now.

"I cannot state strongly enough the urgency with which the international community must do everything it can to help with what is already a human tragedy and could be unfolding now into a human catastrophe."

Meanwhile, The European Union announced that it has allocated $431 million through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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