Violence in Central African Republic displaces nearly 1 million: U.N.




 
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Violence in Central African Republic displaces nearly 1 million: U.N.
 
January 3rd, 2014  
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Violence in Central African Republic displaces nearly 1 million: U.N.
By Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - Violence in Central African Republic has uprooted nearly a million people, a fifth of the population, and is hampering aid efforts, particularly in the capital Bangui, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. A Muslim rebel group, the Seleka, unleashed a wave of killing and looting after seizing power in March, and the deployment of 1,600 French and nearly 4,000 African Union peacekeepers has done little to contain the tit-for-tat violence between religious communities. In the riverside capital alone, more than 510,000 people are displaced - equivalent to more than half the city's population, UNHCR said. "Insecurity and chaos around the site...prevents us from doing any distribution," UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a news conference in Geneva.

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