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U.N.: 'CAR crisis could spiral'

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 - 01:17

Jan. 7 - A U.N. official warns that violence in Central African Republic could descend into all-out sectarian conflict. Paul Chapman reports.

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Hundreds of Nigerians arrive home - evacuees from the violence gripping the Central African Republic. They're among more than a thousand airlifted out of the country by Nigeria's government. Violence in the Central African Republic between Muslim fighters and Christian militias has uprooted nearly a million people in all. And the United Nations' under-secretary general for political affairs says the crisis could easily spiral into all-out sectarian conflict. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JEFFREY FELTMAN, UNITED NATIONS UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS, SAYING: "Several countries including Cameroon, chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal repatriated tens of thousands of their citizens, the vast majority of whom are Muslims. This is the first time in the history of the CAR that people, on account of their religion, have felt obliged to leave the country for fear of their lives." At least 100, 000 people have sought refuge in a makeshift camp at the airport outside the capital, Bangui, where medical care, food and water are all in desperately short supply. French and African peacekeepers have failed to stop tit for tat violence between the Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March, and Christian self-defence militias.

U.N.: 'CAR crisis could spiral'

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 - 01:17

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