GENEVA (Reuters) – Extra than 200,000 individuals have fled preventing within the Central African Republic since violence erupted over a December election consequence, the U.N. refugee company (UNHCR) stated on Friday, with practically half crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The CAR military, backed by U.N., Russian and Rwandan troops, has been battling rebels which can be in search of to overturn a Dec. 27 vote through which President Faustin-Archange Touadera was declared the winner.
“Refugees have advised UNHCR that they fled in panic once they heard gun photographs, leaving their belongings behind,” spokesman Boris Cheshirkov advised journalists in Geneva.
About 92,000 refugees have reached DRC and greater than 13,000 have crossed into Cameroon, Chad and the Republic of Congo. The remaining are displaced contained in the Central African Republic.
Ongoing assaults has hampered humanitarian entry and the primary highway used to carry provides has been pressured shut contained in the nation and plenty of are actually dealing with “dire situations”, Cheshirkov stated.
Among the displaced have agreed to intercourse in return for meals as a result of they’re so determined, he added. Malaria, respiratory tract infections, and diarrhoea have turn out to be frequent.
He additionally voiced concern concerning the reported presence of armed teams within the Batangafo and Bria camps for the displaced.
“These armed teams are attempting in some circumstances to limit actions and in some circumstances forcibly recruit. So it is a very regarding scenario,” he advised the briefing.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Enhancing by Stephanie Nebehay and Philippa Fletcher)
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