The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that up to a quarter of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) population risks going hungry because of fighting between Christian and Muslim militias.
The WFP also said that the number of people in need was likely to keep on rising, as the violence makes it difficult to distribute aid.
Locals queuing for food aid in the capital Bangui spoke of their fears that the crisis is worsening.
Office worker Paulette Yalisson told reporters: “We know this situation isn’t over because we have a good feel for things.”
A refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC
) said she did not feel safe in Bangui and wanted to go back to her home country:
“They tell us to go to camps for displaced people, but it’s chaos and total insecurity for us there,” she said.
An estimated 10 percent of the CAR population are believed to have fled their homes.