World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


C.A.R's children witnessing ‘sheer brutalality'

13 May 2014

Central African Republic’s children witnessing ‘sheer brutality,’ says senior UN official

The children of the Central African Republic are witnessing terrible violence in what has become a forgotten crisis, a senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official today said, urging the international community to ‘stand up’ and stop and help end the crisis as soon as possible.

“You look into their eyes and they are just lost. But it is not just the violence, it is the sheer brutality. Chopping. Maiming,” Souleymane Diabaté, UNICEF’s representative in Central African Republic (CAR), told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.

Since December 2013, 194 children have been maimed and killed, according to UNICEF figures, including through gruesome beheadings.

“The situation of children in the CAR is very fragile and unpredictable,” said Mr. Diabaté, adding that half a million people are displaced in the country.

Fighting in CAR has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature following a 2012 rebel-led coup and has since become more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and clashes that have left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid.

“The entire population of CAR is directly or indirectly affected by the crisis, including the children,” the UNICEF representative said. “It is a nightmare but unfortunately it is all too real.”

“CAR is a forgotten crisis,” he added. “We hear more about Syria, Mali, and now Ukraine.”

Even before the fighting, both the child and maternal death rates in the country where higher than in Somalia during its crisis, Mr. Diabaté said.

The number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in the war-torn capital, Bangui, tripled since the beginning of 2014. Almost 680 children during the first quarter of this year were treated at the Bangui Paediatric Hospital, the city’s largest in-patient centre, compared with 214 children last year, UNICEF announced last month warning that more children were likely to suffer in the coming months.

Mr. Diabaté reiterated this concern today, noting also that CAR is surrounded by fragile countries, such as Chad and Cameroon where several children have been paralyzed by polio since October.

In addition, children are particularly at risk for cholera amidst the onset of the rainy season.

“We have already petitioned the necessary medicine and human resources to address any cholera outbreak,” the UN representative said.

The UN agency has requested $62 million for this year to fund its programmes, with $20 million raised so far.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ban To Take Up Fight Against Ebola With All UN Organisations

Street sellers at Waterside market in central Monrovia, where there has seen a huge drop in customers over the past months due to the onset of the Ebola Virus Disease. Photo: UNDP/Carly Learson (20 November 2014) More>>

ALSO:

Darfur: UN-Backed Event Promotes Role Of Women In Peace

Darfur: amid mass rape allegations, UN-backed event promotes role of women in peace processes More>>

Ebola Cases No Longer Rising In Guinea And Liberia

In Conakry, Guinea, a mobilizer teaches children about proper handwashing techniques, which help prevent the spread of diseases, including Ebola. Photo: UNICEF/Timothy La Rose More>>

ALSO:

UN: Alleged Mass Rape In North Darfur

UNAMID commanders from Rwanda and Ethiopia exhange duties in Tabit, North Darfur, to escort a convoy of World Food Programme (WFP) trucks travelling from El Fasher to Shangil Tobaya. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran More>>


Illegal Fishermen Encroach On World’s Most Isolated Tribe

Due to their isolation the Sentinelese of India's Andaman Islands are the most vulnerable society on the planet. They face increasing threats from illegal fishermen who are targeting their waters. More>>

World War: Nearly 1,000 Dead Amid Shaky Ukraine Ceasefire

In latest report, UN rights office says nearly 1,000 dead amid shaky Ukraine ceasefire More>>

ALSO:

Palestinian Activists Cross Apartheid Wall

Friday morning around 50 Palestinian and international activists used makeshift bridges to cross the Apartheid wall between Qalandiya and Northern Jerusalem. This non-violent direct action was in response to the restrictions Israel had placed on Palestinian ... More>>

Police And Crime: FBI Warns Ferguson Decision ‘Will Likely’ Lead To Violence

As the nation waits to hear whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson , Mo., the FBI is warning law enforcement agencies across the country that the decision “will likely” lead ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news