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Chaos in Central African Republic

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said there is a total breakdown in law and order in the Central African Republic more than four months after rebel groups united to oust longtime president Francois Bozize.

In a report to the Security Council circulated this week, the UN chief said increased divisions among Seleka rebel fighters who overthrew Mr Bozize have led to violent clashes that sent many people fleeing into the bush last month.

He said "uncontrolled Seleka elements" have been involved in looting, thefts, burglaries, sexual violence and rape and continue "to wreak havoc in the countryside".

During the period from May to July, he said human rights violations became more widespread and the humanitarian crisis in the country deteriorated, with about 1.6 million people in dire need of assistance.

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