Thousands uprooted to UN sites in CAR anarchy

CAR anarchyFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AN estimated 6 000 civilians have sought refuge at a United Nations mission camp in Central African Republic (CAR) following renewed fighting.
The fighting has been most severe in Bria, some 450 km northeast of the capital city Bangui.
Violence has broken out between the alleged Christian militant anti-Balaka and the Arab faction of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of CAR.
Uprooted civilians have sought sanctuary at the UN Integrated Multi-Dimensional Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), which is
battling to contain further violence.
Women and children constitute the highest number of refugees seeking protection at the UN site.
The peacekeepers of the MINUSCA force and police are patrolling the city to prevent the movements of the belligerents.
“MINUSCA is working with CAR authorities on an immediate cessation of hostilities and alerts on the consequences of escalating violence in the city, including humanitarian concerns,” a spokesperson said.
The central African country is gripped by militancy pitting Christian extremists and Muslim radicals.
The anarchy has plunged the country of 4,5 million people into civil conflict.
Half of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.
Entire villages have been burnt to the ground and multiple incidents of gang rapes of women and extra-judicial killings have been reported.

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