Escalation Of Violence Worsening Humanitarian Challenge In CAR
“An escalation of violence in the Central African Republic [CAR] is causing thousands to flee their homes into the wilderness, posing a humanitarian challenge in a country that has suffered from destabilization for years,” PBS NewsHour reports. “An estimated one in three people in the country of about five million need food, protection, health care, water sanitation and shelter, said U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on November 25,” the news service notes. “The United Nations estimates about 400,000 people have left their homes since the spring and are seeking refuge in crowded dirty camps,” the news service writes, adding, “[Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] has been dispatching mobile units to help those who can’t reach their clinics.” The news service describes the ongoing conflict in the country and notes Albert Carames, a humanitarian affairs officer with MSF, “said although more attention is given to CAR these days in response to the recent violence, the international community is still ‘doing much less than what the civilian population needs. For years we have denounced the neglect of this country’” (Epatko, 12/4).