Violence in CAR has reached levels not seen since August 2014, says UN

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Displaced people carry belongings through the M’Poko airport camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA/Phil Moore

Inter-communal crimes in new conflict hotspots in the Central African Republic (CAR) have “entered a new spiral” and displaced more than 100,000 people in just two weeks, the UN said on Thursday.

The warning was issued by Najat Rochdi, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR.

According to OCHA, the UN Humanitarian Coordinating Agency, one in two people are in need of aid in CAR, which has seen a spike in fighting between rival groups since November last year.

Mihika Acharya has more.

The frequency and brutality of attacks in CAR have reached levels not seen since August 2014.

That’s according to Najat Rochdi, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country.

Here she is speaking to journalists in Geneva:

"Since the past three weeks, the signs are very clear. Violence in the Central African Republic has entered a new spiral of escalating conflict and the situation is quickly deteriorating. In the last two weeks alone, over 100,000 people have been newly displaced, families running for their lives, leaving everything behind.”

More than 100 people have been killed and hundreds more have been wounded, Ms Rochdi said.

Humanitarian workers “have not been able to protect them" and have also been the target of attacks, she added.

Latest UN data indicates that over half of the population of CAR needs humanitarian assistance to survive, yet only 25 per cent of the nearly US $ 400 million requested funding has been received.

Mihika Acharya, United Nations, Geneva

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