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U.N. Agencies Voice Concern Over Humanitarian Situation In CAR

“United Nations humanitarian agencies [on Tuesday] voiced deep concern over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by lawlessness and insecurity, and widespread fear is reported among residents,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/13). “The U.N. refugee agency [UNHCR] says nearly 63,000 people have fled [CAR] to neighboring countries since the start of the latest violence there late last year,” VOA News writes, adding, “UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said another 206,000 people have been internally displaced” (8/13). The WHO “said that unless access to health services improves in the country, children and women will be at risk of contracting communicable diseases and there may be a resurgence of cases of malnutrition among children under the age of five,” the U.N. News Centre notes (8/13). “More than 100,000 children in the Central African Republic are facing sexual abuse and recruitment into armed groups, Save the Children has warned,” according to BBC News, which adds, “Mark Kaye, a spokesman for the charity, told the BBC the health system had been almost completely destroyed.” The news service notes, “The U.N. Security Council is due to discuss the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday” (8/13).