CAR is very volatile, UN says

2013-04-10 10:39
Seleka rebels. (Patrick Fort, AFP)

Seleka rebels. (Patrick Fort, AFP)

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New York - The UN envoy to the Central African Republic says the political and security situation in the country is highly volatile, the humanitarian situation is "extremely dire," looting and sexual violence are on the rise, and armed groups are recruiting children.

Margaret Vogt painted a grim picture of the country following the overthrow of the government on March 24 by rebel fighters from the Seleka alliance, saying leaders who are supposed to run a transitional government can't return to their homes because they fear for their lives or because their homes have been looted.

She told reporters by audio-link, after briefing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, that the establishment of a National Transitional Council to elect the head of the caretaker government is very important to stabilising the country.

Read more on:    un  |  seleka rebels  |  central african republic  |  coups  |  central africa

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