Central African Republic awaits help

Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation calls for international help to CAR residents who are in need of food and shelter as hundreds of thousands flee their homes due to ongoing clashes.

Central African Republic awaits help

World Bulletin / News Desk

The already difficult situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) has further deteriorated as a result of violence and the gradual collapse of the state over the past few months, Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation said on Thursday.

Announcing the release of the Crisis Report on the CAR, IHH President Bulent Yildirim said, "The people have been cut off from all supplies; children especially are dying from easily treatable diseases and injuries."

"Economic giants see the world as a cake. The European countries who used to enslave the African people in the past are condemning the same people to hunger in their own countries today."

Indicating that the conflict between the Christian and Muslim communities in the CAR would increase wihout the international community's intervention, he said, "We see the test of inter-religious violence which will affect the region for the next ten years."

Expressing worries of a civil war like the Rwandan Genocide, a genocidal mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis by ethnic Hutus in 1994 in the east African state of Rwanda, Yildirim added, "African countries have started evacuating their citizens from the CAR in recent days amid worsening humanitarian conditions. I invite all aid foundations to act as soon as possible."

The CAR is one of Africa's poorest states despite abundant mineral resources and has a history of weak governance. Since independence from France in 1960, it has seen five coups and numerous rebellions.

President Michel Djotodia was elected as interim president by the 135-member National Transitional Council (NTC) in April of last year, one month after the rebel seleka coalition deposed President Francois Bozize, a Christian who assumed power through a coup in 2003.

The mineral-rich, landlocked country has since been plagued by tit-for-tat sectarian violence between self-styled Christian militia known as "anti-balaka" and former seleka rebel fighters.

The clashes have killed more than 1,000 people since December 2013 and the United Nations (UN) says 935,000 have been driven from their homes.

According to UN estimates, about a third of the country's 4.5 million inhabitants are in urgent need of food and medical assistance.

Aid workers are struggling to provide medical care and adequate food and water for more than 100,000 people seeking refuge at the main makeshift camp, situated at the airport outside capital Bangui.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ocak 2014, 16:52