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Living on hope in Central African Republic

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 01:11

Jan. 31 - Humanitarian aid has been slow to reach displaced people in Central African Republic. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is now home for about 100,000 people. It's located near an airport in Central African Republic. Those who feared for their lives came here. They are still living with next to nothing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LINDIS HURUM, FIELD COORDINATOR AT THE M'POKO CAMP, SAYING: "The people in this camp are living in the worst condition, I'd say. And they have been so for more than five weeks now. They are living on the ground, they don't have enough water, there are no toilets. They just started distributing food and NFIs (non-food items) last week, so after four weeks…so it is really, really tough for this population. And now it's about 100,000 people living here in a very small area close to the airport." Nearly a million people, or a quarter of the population, have been displaced by violence between Christians and Muslims that's tearing the country apart. And there is cold comfort in the camp. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LINDIS HURUM, FIELD COORDINATOR AT THE M'POKO CAMP, SAYING: "I've never seen anything quite like it…in an area…it's a camp that's very accessible, it's right next to the airport in the capital of the country, and it's hard to understand why so little aid has come to this population." The United Nations has warned that the conflict could spiral into genocide.

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Living on hope in Central African Republic

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 01:11