Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Central African situation 'dire'

The UN envoy to the Central African Republic described the political and security situation in the country is highly volatile

The UN envoy to the Central African Republic has said the political and security situation in the country is highly volatile, the humanitarian situation is "extremely dire", looting and sexual violence are on the rise, and armed groups are recruiting children.

Margaret Vogt painted a grim picture of the country following the overthrow of the government on March 24 by rebel fighters from the Seleka alliance.

She said leaders who are supposed to run a transitional government can not return to their homes because they fear for their lives or because their homes have been looted.

She told reporters by audio-link, after briefing the UN security council, that the establishment of a National Transitional Council to elect the head of the caretaker government is very important to stabilising the country.

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