1.5 million children in C. Africa need emergency aid: UN

Two-thirds of all children in Central African Republic need emergency aid, the UN said Friday, sounding an alarm about the impoverished country’s worsening “neglected” crisis.

Some 1.5 million children nationwide are in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of 300,000 compared with 2016, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said in a new report.

The agency’s top representative in the country, Christine Muhigana, told reporters in Geneva that the situation in CAR is “probably even worse” than during the country’s sectarian conflict of 2013.

That year, longtime leader Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by a predominantly Muslim rebel alliance called the Seleka.

Source: Seychelles News Agency