Central African Republic facing hunger crisis

2016-01-20 21:35
Ibrahim Adamou sits on a bench at a Catholic church in Carnot a town 200km from the Cameroonian border, in the Central African Republic. (Krista Larson, AP)

Ibrahim Adamou sits on a bench at a Catholic church in Carnot a town 200km from the Cameroonian border, in the Central African Republic. (Krista Larson, AP)

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Bangui - The United Nations is warning of a hunger crisis in Central African Republic that is affecting half the country's population.

The UN World Food Program said on Wednesday that around 2.5 million people in the conflict-ravaged country face hunger. The number has doubled in just one year, officials said.

Central African Republic suffered through a brutal rebel regime and then waves of sectarian violence that has forced nearly 1 million people from their homes over the last three years.

WFP deputy country director Guy Adoua said the instability has kept people from tending to their fields and livestock.

Central African Republic is due to hold a presidential run-off vote later this month and there are concerns that political disputes could lead to renewed clashes.

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