70,000 refugees flee CAR into Cameroon, Chad

Paris- France (PANA) - – Escalation in fighting between government troops and rebels of the People's Army for the Restoration of the Republic and Democracy (APRD) has forced 70,000 persons from Central African Republic to flee into Cameroon and Chad, a rights activist alarmed here Saturday.
"The rebels launch deadly attacks, sometimes on military targets, and the regular army returns bloody fires.
The army launches reprisals, with brutalities on civilians, forcing them to find refuge in neighbouring countries," International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) official, Marceau Sivieudehe said.
Sivieude, who is in charge of the FIDH Africa Office, indicated that about 50,000 other Central Africans were internally displaced by the renewed armed conflict.
He told a press conference upon his return from a mission to Central African Republic, the fighting is concentrated in the northwest and northeast CAR.
"It's obvious that the civilian population is the main victim of such a chaotic situation.
The refugees, as well as the internally displaced people are living in an absolutely precarious situation, exposed as they are to serious diseases," said.
He also deplored little attention given by the international community to the suffering in Central African Republic, and warned against the risk of subregional collapse that could affect Cameroon, Sudan and Chad.
President François Bozize has been unable to restore peace and stability in CAR even two years after its election that international observers described as transparent.

14 october 2006 16:16:00

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