UN humanitarian chief "shocked" by violence in Central African Republic

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A makeshift camp for internally displaced in Bengui

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, says she has been shocked by what she has seen in the Central African Republic.

The country continues to be plagued by attacks and counter-attacks between Christian and Muslim militias.

Ms. Amos concluded her visit to the country on Thursday after witnessing at first hand the situation on the ground.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the UN humanitarian chief visited the northern town of Bosangoa where thousands of people have been displaced by the violence.

"After returning from Bossangoa, she told reporters in Bangui that she had been shocked by what she saw, including burned homes and people so scared by violence that they sleep in the bush at night. During her mission, Ms. Amos met the interim President and members of her Government, as well as religious leaders, representatives of civil society, humanitarian organizations and UN agencies." (22")

Ms. Amos said she had been looking at the impact of violence and the lack of security on people and the institutions of the Central African Republic.

Meanwhile, in New York, the Security Council met behind closed doors on Thursday to be briefed by the UN Secretary-General and an official from the African Union on the situation in the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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