CAR deserted after massive violence

Central African RepublicFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – CITIES worst affected by the unprecedented violence between rival armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) are now deserted.
The displaced populations are now resident in refugee camps, particularly the city of Bria where the entire population of 47 000 have been displaced.
With the emergence of an ethnic dimension to the conflict, hundreds of houses were burned, property looted and ransacked.
Minister of Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua, and the Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Najat Rochdi, expressed their concern at the new outbreak of violence where civilian people were paying the highest cost.
The humanitarian community is struggling with the surge at refugee camps.
In addition to the violence in the past week, since January 2017, the number of displaced persons has been on an upward trend.
It is feared if the violence continues, CAR could reach the 500 000 displaced-mark by the end of May.
Such a massive population displacement had not been observed since December 2013 at the height of the crisis.
Baikoua and Rochdi said the past week had caused the displacement of about 100 000 people, wounding of 200 000 and death of 300 000.
“In addition, burned-down houses, plundered food supplies and goods are all new needs that the humanitarian community will have to meet while financial resources are stagnating.”

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