UNICEF issues call for help in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- In a plea for assistance, UNICEF said it estimates nearly 400,000 people have been displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic.

UNICEF issued a call Wednesday for $3 million in assistance to help meet the basic needs of those displaced by conflict in CAR. It said many of the newly displaced are arriving in refugee camps that have nothing to offer.


John Ging, director of operations for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, issued an October report saying the situation in CAR is deteriorating quickly toward state failure. There's been a "complete breakdown" of law and order, he said.

The rebel Seleka coalition, which toppled the government this year, is suspected of committing war crimes, prompting the International Criminal Court to investigate.

"It's so not what the world should be," visiting Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow said in a statement.

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health scheduled a hearing Tuesday to address the situation in CAR. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and CAR Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo-Aziagbia are scheduled to testify.


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