Over 800,000 people in CAR displaced by fighting

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This woman and girl in Bangui are among the people displaced by violence in Central African Republic. © UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

An estimated 838,000 people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are internally displaced, including 413,000 in the capital Bangui, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The agency also says that insecurity continues to hinder humanitarian operations.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

"Since 28 January, four violent incidents have been recorded against humanitarian partners, including carjacking and the looting of international non governmental organizations. The World Food Programme (WFP) provided approximately 1,760 mt of food to nearly 280,700 people in January. This represents an increase of 9 per cent in beneficiaries and 4 per cent in tonnage compared with December. However, due to the security situation and the depletion of its stocks, the World Food Programme will only be able to serve the most vulnerable people with half the normal amount of food rations in February."

The conflict in CAR, which has claimed over 1,000 lives, began in December 2012 when rebels attacked government forces and seized a number of towns and cities.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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