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U.N. Fears Genocide In CAR, Appeals For More Assistance

News outlets examine the worsening humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. officials express fear over possible genocide, while food aid and funding assistance to the country remain limited.

Agence France-Presse: U.N. fears ‘genocide’ in C. Africa: humanitarian chief
“The spiraling violence in the Central African Republic could turn into a genocide, the U.N.’s humanitarian operations director warned Thursday, calling for large-scale aid and military support to help stabilize the country…” (1/16).

Reuters: ‘Seeds of genocide’ in Central African Republic, U.N. warns
“A senior U.N. official warned of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic without a more robust international response to communal bloodshed in which at least 20 more people were killed on Thursday…” (Braun/Miles, 1/16).

IRIN: Major food crisis looms in CAR
“Farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR), which has been immersed in violence since a coup in March 2013, urgently need more seeds and tools to avert a nationwide food crisis, aid agencies have warned. As many as ’94 percent of communities report that they do not have enough seeds to plant for the next agricultural season’ in March, according to the findings of a Multisectorial Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) of humanitarian needs in CAR, which was undertaken by several U.N. agencies…” (1/16).

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. humanitarian appeal for $247 million only 6 percent funded
“Donors have provided only six percent of the $247 million that the United Nations needs over the next 100 days to ease the ‘mega-tragedy’ in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly 900,000 people have been driven from their homes and now lack the very basics of food, water, medical care and shelter…” (1/16).