Refugees "traumatized" by horrors in CAR

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One of the many malnourished children arriving in eastern Cameroon from Central African Republic.© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem

Refugees arriving in Eastern Cameroon after fleeing violence in the Central African Republic have been traumatized by horrific experiences according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Many have witnessed killings and lost members of their family.

Eighty per cent of the people who have recently arrived in Cameroon are also suffering from conditions such as malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections.

Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba is a spokesperson for UNHCR.

"While they were still in CAR many were forced to walk over a month and hide in the bushes. They were trying to avoid being killed by the anti-Balaka militia men. We have one refugee who said that he could no longer eat meat because he had seen someone being killed and cut into pieces by the anti-Balaka. A woman has lost six of her nine children in the bushes after seven weeks, and this is a woman whose husband was also killed by the anti-Balaka."

As religious violence between anti-balaka Christian militia and Muslims continues, the UN has warned that signs of a possible genocide in CAR are increasingly evident.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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