"Human suffering" continues in Central African Republic

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Over half a million people have been displaced in the Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Human suffering continues in the Central African Republic (CAR) and greater access is needed to protect vulnerable communities.

Those are the findings of top UN and European Union relief officials, who on Monday wrapped up a five-day mission to the country.

More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced over half a million people in CAR.

Some 190,000 have sought asylum across the borders amid continuing violent clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The mission's findings show that more than 2.7 million Central Africans require external help to survive.

Some 500,000 are still displaced inside the country.

UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, who led the five-day visit, described living conditions of people directly affected by the current crisis as "appalling".

The humanitarian officials found that the need for assistance in Bambari, Yaloke, Mpoko and the PK5 district in the capital Bangui is "extremely high".

Ms Kang called on armed groups to immediately stop attacking and preying on civilians.

She added that the crisis in CAR has grown in complexity and has become a multi layered conflict with armed groups fragmenting into numerous bands, resulting in widespread banditry.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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