Calls for an end to conflict in CAR as the country prepares to welcome the Pope

IDPs in Kouango in the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

As the Central African Republic prepares for the visit of Pope Francis to Bangui this weekend, the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is urging the country's warring groups to be inspired by the visit to rebuild the national reconciliation process after a wave of violence that has triggered an 18 per cent increase in the number of people displaced within the country since September.

UNHCR says that although the situation in Bangui is currently calm but tense, they are concerned at outbursts of violence in the country, which have set back fragile efforts to restore a lasting peace and put planned elections in late December at risk.

Nicki Chadwick has more.

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