Muslims trapped in a town in Central African Republic need help

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A group of internally displaced people at Yakole in Central African Republic. © UNHCR/M.Dore

Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for a group of Muslims who are trapped in a town northwest of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The agency says that 474 Muslims from the Peul ethnic minority also need to be relocated to safer places either inside the country or to neighbouring countries.

UNHCR Spokesperson, Adrian Edwards has expressed concern about the deteriorating situation for the group.

"Adults and children had become severely malnourished, and more than 30 per cent were suffering from malaria. There were six known cases of tuberculosis. Since their arrival in Yaloke in April, 42 people among the group had died, while others were becoming weaker by the day. Despite the presence of international forces, the group at Yaloke was still subject to recurrent threats, verbal and physical aggression, and looting by anti-Balaka militias." (27")

Adrian Edwards said that in early February this year, Peul minorities were attacked in several towns in the Lobaye prefecture west of Bangui.

Many people who lost family members and friends after being caught or shot by anti-Balaka groups had found sanctuary in Yaloke and were hoping to leave the country, Mr Edwards added.

He pointed out that the displaced Peul trapped in the town are the only Muslims left in Yaloke which was once a thriving town and home to more than 10,000 Muslims.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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