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Humanitarian crisis in the making in CAR

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 - 01:23

Dec. 29 - With at least 100,000 people now seeking refuge at the airport in Central African Republic, aid groups fear a growing crisis. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A humanitarian crisis in the making in Central African Republic. At least 100,000 people are now crowding in this makeshift refugee camp at the airport, that's almost double the figure of a week ago. Aid workers say the situation borders on the catastrophic. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LINDIS HURUM, MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES COORDINATOR IN BANGUI, SAYING: "For three weeks now these people haven't received any other assistance but health-assistance and water . There are no toilets. Water is not sufficient. There's no food distribution, no distribution of shelter so there's so much to do. First of all we have to improve the situation with hygiene as soon as possible before it becomes catastrophic. With 100,000 people in such a small place, it's an emergency, we must do something quickly." The deployment of French and African peacekeepers in early December failed to halt the inter-religious fighting. Now those who have fled the violence can barely make do. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PONDOS JOACHIM NASSER, DISPLACED MAN AT AIRPORT, SAYING: "We're living in a catastrophic situation. We've seen humanitarian coordinators coming to make lists, but these lists have been lost so no distributions have been made, it's almost a month now, we have nothing." The country has been in turmoil since March when mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrow the government.

Humanitarian crisis in the making in CAR

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 - 01:23

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