Thousands of CAR refugees flee clashes to Chad

Africa

More than 2,000 refugees from the Central African Republic have crossed into Chad in the past week following violence, reported the UN refugee agency.

The UNHCR says the refugees arriving after fleeing clashes between government forces and rebels in northern CAR face difficulties securing food, water and shelter in Chad.

The agency said the ability to provide fort he refugees basic needs is “severely constrained” by inadequate funding – with a third of the country’s population being affected by the country’s instability.

“The CAR humanitarian crisis is one of the most underfunded UNHCR operations globally, with only 12% of the $164.7m requirement currently met despite the scale of displacement,” said UNHCR.

The CAR has been plagued by armed clashes between the rebel coalition led by ex-president Francois Bozize and the national army supported by the UN mission there (Minusca) and Russian military companies.

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