Over 200,000 displaced by Central African Republic violence: UN
29 Jan 2021
A family stands near their destroyed house in a village in Bossangoa, north of the Central African Republic’s Bangui. File/Reuters
More than 200,000 people have fled fighting in the Central African Republic since violence erupted over a December election result, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, with nearly half crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Refugees have told UNHCR that they fled in panic when they heard gun shots, leaving their belongings behind,” spokesman Boris Cheshirkov told journalists in Geneva, adding that tens of thousands of the displaced are facing "dire conditions.”