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    UN sounds humanitarian warning over CAR

    APA-Bangui (CAR)

    The United Nations has sounded an alarm over the humanitarian tragedy taking place in Batangafo, Ouham prefecture, in the northwest of the Central African Republic due to ongoing unrest.

    30,000 displaced people have “lost all” following acts of violence and looting perpetrated by armed groups, said Najat Rochdi, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Central African Republic.

    According to the UN official, isolated incidents between anti-Balaka fighters and ex-Selekas of the FPRC/MPC resulted in clashes in Batangafo on October 1.

    The skirmishes caused “huge losses” to the population of Batangafo, Ms. Rochdi who is also a resident humanitarian coordinator added, stressing that the distribution of aid has started taking into account medicine and food.

    She said MINUSCA had sent reinforcements “that are indispensable” for the protection of civilians.

    Rochdi questioned the peace agreement between ex-Selekas and anti-Balakas, without failing to blame the signatories.

    The CAR government has lost control of the city of Batangafo since the 2013 crisis, when Seleka rebels took that part of the country.


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