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U.N. Voices Concern Over Recent Violence In Central African Republic

News outlets examine the U.N.’s call to action against the deteriorating humanitarian and social conditions in Central African Republic.

New York Times: U.N. Says Aid Crisis Worsens in Central African Republic
“The number of people displaced by fighting between Muslim and Christian militias and vigilantes in the Central African Republic has more than doubled in the past month, and increasing violence is making it harder to deliver humanitarian relief, the United Nations warned…” (Cumming-Bruce, 1/3).

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic violence displaces nearly 1 million, U.N. agency says
“The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic remains dire with insecurity hampering the delivery of aid to the more than 935,000 people displaced by the violence…” (1/3).

U.N. News Centre: Famine and malnutrition stalk strife-torn Central African Republic, U.N. agencies warn
“United Nations agencies today warned of possible famine and severe malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on donors to provide urgent funding to mitigate the crisis in the impoverished country where a year of conflict has already killed thousands of people and driven 750,000 others from their homes…” (12/31).

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF urges action to prevent child deaths from malnutrition in Central African Republic
“The United Nations has voiced ‘extreme concern’ that recent violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) will cause a sharp increase in children suffering severe malnutrition, putting an already vulnerable population at further risk…” (12/26).

U.N. News Centre: More must be done to aid those uprooted in Central African Republic conflict, U.N. warns
“The United Nations voiced increasing concern today for the security of 710,000 people uprooted by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid difficulty of access to the sites where they have sought shelter and reports of youths prowling around with grenades and machetes…” (12/24).

Voice of America: Food Aid Distribution Difficult in CAR
“The World Food Programme says it will scale-up its emergency operations in Central African Republic to provide aid to more than one million people over the next six months. However, in the meantime, the U.N. agency is trying to cope with growing insecurity, especially in the capital, Bangui…” (DeCapua, 12/23).

Agence France-Presse: Central Africa hospitals under attack: U.N.
“Medical facilities in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic have come under attack, the U.N. health agency said Friday, as aid groups warned of difficulties in getting supplies to those in need. Health centers and hospitals continue to be targeted by unidentified militias…” (12/20).