CAR children killed and maimed every day in violent clashes

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Children from CAR in southern Chad’s Doyaba transit camp. May 2014. © Anna Jefferys/IRIN

On average, at least one child is maimed or killed every day in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic in the last six months, according the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The agency says it has verified that 277 children have been maimed and 74 killed over the past six months.

UNICEF says the actual numbers could be higher, including deaths and sickness caused by the total collapse of basic services.

Soraya Bermejo is the UNICEF Communications Officer in Geneva.

"About six months after the violence hit the capital, we have noticed that at least one child has been maimed or killed every single day and we see no signs of that being reduced at the moment. We are seriously concerned because this is our least well funded appeal of every humanitarian emergency that we have at the moment. Our needs increased recently to 120 million for 2014 and less than 25 per cent of that has been met."  (28″)

There are more than half a million internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic, at least half of whom are children.

UNICEF is working closely with partners to protect children from violence, providing safe spaces for learning and psychological support for those most affected.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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