An upsurge of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has resulted in a 50 per cent increase in the number of internally displaced people in the country.
That information comes from the United Nations which put the figure at close to 600,000, most of whom are in the south-east.
The fighting is affecting areas which had been relatively stable, according to UN humanitarians.
They report that over the past 12 months, eight of the CAR’s 16 provinces have been affected by violence and nearly 70 per cent of the territory is in the hands of armed groups.
Meanwhile, a US$497 million humanitarian appeal is only 30 per cent funded.
Source: Dianne Penn, United Nations