More than 10,000 displaced in clashes in Central African Republic

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Displaced in Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

More than 10,000 people have been displaced in the Central African Republic following an upsurge in clashes, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

People fled their homes earlier this week in Zémio, a town in the south-east of the country, which borders South Sudan after rival factions attacked each other.

Jens Laerke is a Spokesperson for OCHA.

"The fighting between the communities has triggered very severe local displacements. Some 80% of the 16,000 people living in Zémio have been displaced, and are now in search of protection after the attacks. At least 10 people have been injured, two of them severely, including a local Imam, according to the local authorities. The situation remains highly tense in Zémio, and there is a presence of armed men, with guns, machetes, knives, bows and arrows in the town."

The Central African Republic has been caught up in violence between Christian and Muslim militias since December 2012, causing the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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