People in Central African Republic scared to return home: IOM survey

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Displaced people from Central African Republic – IOM

A survey by the International Organisation for Migration shows that those displaced by the inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic are increasingly worried about returning home.

Preliminary results reveal that Muslims and other ethnic minorities are particularly fearful of leaving the camps where hundreds of thousands of people have been living since an upsurge in fighting in December.

Claire Doole reports from Geneva.

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The survey by the International Organisation for Migration shows a sharp division along ethnic and religious grounds. More than two thirds of Muslims questioned said they were too scared to return home and only felt safe in the camps. Whereas nearly three quarters of Christians intended to return home.

The IOM interviewed 600 people at over 40 sites in the capital Bangui to better understand the needs of those displaced in the conflict. It is estimated more than 700,000 people have fled their homes following the upsurge in fighting between Christian and Muslim militia over the past year.

According to the survey nearly all families are living on less food with a high percentage going days without eating. Aid agencies are struggling to meet the demands as they face funding shortfalls. IOM has received just a fifth of the 17.5 million USD it requested from donors in January.

Claire Doole for UN Radio in Geneva.



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