UNICEF calls for the urgent protection of children in the Central African Republic – Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 May 2018 – A dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic in the first part of 2018 has forced at least 55,000 people, including 28,600 children to flee because of brutality and violence in their communities.

The already precarious humanitarian and security situation in the country has deteriorated over the past year, worsening even further since the start of 2018. There are currently an estimated 687,400 internally displaced persons, up from 440,000 in 2017, including more than 357,400 children who lost access to education, health and protection services.

“Children are paying the highest price for this new surge of violence. All actors should stop violence against children now!” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director…

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