Central African Republic ignored, ICRC says

June 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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BANGUI, Central African Republic, June 25 (UPI) -- Thousands of families are suffering from violence in the Central African Republic though attention to the conflict has faded, the ICRC said.

The rebel Seleka movement toppled the government in CAR in March, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee to neighboring Cameroon. The rebel coalition is accused of committing crimes against humanity despite agreeing to a peace accord in January.

The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in early June the onset of the rainy season may exacerbate a humanitarian situation already complicated by security challenges.

ICRC delegates in CAR said midwives have run out of medical supplies, forcing mothers to give birth without their services. Field hospitals, meanwhile, are short on equipment, forcing the ICRC to evacuate wounded civilians to the capital, Bangui.

Looting is widespread, the aid group said Tuesday.

The U.N. Security Council issued a statement last month expressing concern that security in CAR was out of control

"People are desperate as armed violence continues and there is frequent looting," the ICRC said. "But despite the severity of the problems in CAR, this crisis has largely been neglected by both the international community and the media."

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