Food crisis looming in Central African Republic after nearly a year of inter-religious violence

BOUAR: A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of inter-religious violence, a UN humanitarian official warned today.

Abdou Dieng, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in the impoverished country said it is now that the humanitarian crisis will start to deepen.

Dieng said the poverty is extreme here, adding that people are too afraid to go home and farmers don’t tend their crops. He said those who have been given seeds are eating them because they haven’t any choice.

The former French colony was thrown into chaos after rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka group seized power in a March 2013 coup, after which some mounted a campaign of abuses, prompting the formation of Christian-dominated vigilante groups.

Thousands have been killed in the unrest and around a quarter of the country’s 4.6 million people have been displaced.