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UN Warns of Waning Security Situation in Central African Republic

Amid the upsurge in violence, aid workers are now facing unprecedented attacks. From the beginning of this year until last month there were 19 security incidents involving aid workers. Between just the 7th and the 19th of October there were seven attacks, a report released by the aid agencies indicates.

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Renewed fighting in the north and west of the Central African Republic and an increase in violence in the capital Bangui is putting humanitarian access in jeopardy, United Nations aid agencies have said.

Amid the upsurge in violence, aid workers are now facing unprecedented attacks. From the beginning of this year until last month there were 19 security incidents involving aid workers. Between just the 7th and the 19th of October there were seven attacks, a report released by the aid agencies indicates.

Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), said in a statement that despite the lack of media interest in the crisis, the displacement of people was still being considered a “massive humanitarian emergency,” with 410,000 people displaced overall.

Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR while 2.2 million need humanitarian aid in a conflict which erupted when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The violence has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones.

The World Food Programme says that getting desperately needed food to internally displaced people and those in rural areas is an increasing challenge. Half of these people have critically low levels of food consumption, leaving them at high risk of malnutrition.

The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, is one of the agencies that are trying to get critical supplies to those most in need. UNICEF says that its staff won't be threatened by the worsening security situation.

Christophe Boulierac, the spokesperson for UNICEF says Children are in desperate need of support and are in danger of being forgotten by the world. “We need safe, unimpeded humanitarian access to get emergency aid to vulnerable children and their families and we call on all parties to the conflict to guarantee our access to people in need,  he adds.

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Food reserves in rural areas are estimated to be 40-50 percent lower than average. Livestock numbers have fallen by up to 77 percent compared to pre-crisis levels, due to looting and slaughtering, while fish supplies have fallen by about 40 percent.

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