Upsurge in violence forces 88,000 people in CAR to flee: UNHCR

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A woman holds a child in Bambari, a town in Ouaka prefecture in Central African Republic. (file photo) Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 88,000 people to flee their homes, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said.

Twenty thousand of them have sought refuge in neighbouring DRC, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Babar Baloch confirmed.

The agency is appealing for more than US$200 million to assist those forcibly displaced, but has so far received only nine per cent of the funds.

Clashes between armed groups divided along sectarian lines plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013.

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, released a report on Tuesday mapping 13 years of "violence and impunity," and depicting "horrific" abuses including accounts of gang rapes of girls as young as five.

Jocelyne Sambira spoke to Mr Baloch to find out what the UN refugee agency is doing to help people who have crossed over into the DRC.

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