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Central African Republic falling into chaos, civic groups warn

Catholic World News - June 14, 2013

Since the ouster of President Francois Bozize in March, the Central African Republic has descended into chaos, a group of civic groups has warned in a plea for humanitarian help.

The plea, endorsed by local Catholic charities, reports widespread violence, looting, religious conflicts, arbitrary arrests, and torture in the African country. Schools are closed, hospitals lack supplies, and supplies of food, water, and fuel have dwindled, the groups say. Without help, they say, the Central African Republic could become a haven and training ground for terrorists.

“It is urgent to bring humanitarian aid to a population in danger and at the same time promote the restoration of the democratic process,” the civic groups say in an appeal for help.

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