Central African Republic

Central African Republic: over 6,000 child soldiers may be involved in fighting, UN says

More than 6,000 child soldiers may now be involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), with their numbers growing as fighting pits community against community in clashes that have taken on increasingly sectarian overtones, the United Nations reported today.

Central African Republic: UN humanitarian appeal for $247 million only 6 per cent funded

Donors have provided only 6 per cent 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.

Central African Republic: UN team documents grave human rights abuses

The human rights situation remains extremely volatile in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations said today, as it released its findings on a wave of abuses committed last month including extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, mutilations and enforced disappearances.

Central African Republic: new transitional leader could help restore hope, UN official says

The speedy election of a new transition leader is crucial to the stability of the Central African Republic, a senior United Nations official said today, stressing also the importance of starting reconciliation between Christian and Muslim communities in the country after thousands of people have been killed in weeks of sectarian violence.

Central African Republic: UN envoy urges calm after transition leaders step down

Following the resignation of the Central African Republic's two interim leaders, the top United Nations official in the crisis-riven country called for calm today, urging the authorities to mobilze around the speedy election of new transitional leadership.

Interreligious violence poses long-term danger to Central African Republic, Ban warns

There is a real danger of further upheaval along religious lines in the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned a regional gathering in Chad, stressing that the past year’s events have profoundly damaged the relationship between Muslim and Christian communities and pose a long-term danger to the country.

Central African Republic: amid ongoing violence, UN rights expert calls for more aid

A United Nations human rights expert today called for urgent protection and increased assistance to the growing number of persons displaced by violence in the Central African Republic.

Central African Republic: UN resumes food aid after machete attacks forced three-week halt

The United Nations today resumed food aid for some 100,000 displaced people in Bangui, capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), for the first time in nearly three weeks since deliveries were suspended when machete-wielding men stormed the distribution site and food was stolen.

Strife in Central African Republic could turn into religious war and spill over borders, UN warns

The worsening strife in the Central African Republic (CAR) with its Muslim-Christian overtones risks escalating into sustained violence along religious lines and spilling beyond the country’s borders, further destabilizing the whole region, the United Nations top political officer warned today.

Aid delivery in CAR hampered by insecurity

The number of internally displaced people in the Central African Republic has reached over 935,000, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR, severely limiting the delivery of aid supplies.

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