UN warns of famine risk in Central Africa

Agence-France-Presse . Geneva | Published: 00:00, Nov 23,2018


The humanitarian situation in violence-hit Central African Republic is deteriorating at an ‘alarming rate’, the UN said Wednesday, warning that famine would hit if nothing is done to reverse the trend.
Growing unrest in the country of 4.5 million people is forcing many to flee their homes and abandon their fields, causing spiralling food insecurity, United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the country, Najat Rochdi, told reporters in Geneva.
If the situation remains the same, and people do not return to their fields, ... ‘it means that yes, in very few years we will have a famine in Central African Republic,’ she said.
‘We are not talking about 10 people. We are talking about hundreds of thousands’ at risk, she said, pointing out that several regions have already reached level 4 in terms of food insecurity — just away from famine.
Thousands have been killed and a quarter of the population has fled during violence triggered after president Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown in 2013 by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, triggering Christian militia revenge attacks.
The UN’s World Food Programmeme warned earlier this month that CAR was facing the worst situation of food insecurity in four years, with nearly two million people in urgent need of food aid.

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