CAR community leaders fuel radicalization of the people: OCHA

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Ordinary people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are being radicalized and manipulated by their leaders to believe that the solution to the crisis is segregation, the Operations Director of the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said on Thursday.

In his briefing to the press on his recent trip to the troubled Central African nation, John Ging said it was the new "ugly face of the conflict" where Muslim and Christian communities blamed each other for the violence.

Mr Ging said he was struck by the scale of the crisis on both the security and humanitarian front.

"The numbers just speak for themselves. Now over one million people are now affected by this violence and by this crisis. Two thousand people have been killed while I was there. And today over 600,000 people are displaced internally and over 330,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries."  (21″)

The beginning of the rainy season will further compound the situation for people and it is a further logistical problem for humanitarian agencies, the OCHA operations director noted.

Mr Ging however hailed the vision and commitment of CAR’s government to see this crisis through.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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