Children Suffer Abuse, Army Recruitment in Central African Republic Crisis

KABO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - DECEMBER 16: A girl pauses in a camp for internally displaced peoples (IDP`s) December 16, 2007 in Kabo in the northern Central African Republic. The camp, which has been receiving new displaced individuals weekly, currently holds over 2,300 people. Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the world?s poorest and most neglected countries with an average life expectancy of 39 years. Years of fighting various rebel factions in the north of the country have resulted in hundreds of deaths and over 200,000 internally displaced people. Outside of the capital Bangui there is no electricity or paved roads and banditry is extensive.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Children Suffer Abuse, Army Recruitment in Central African Republic Crisis

A rebel takeover in March has threatened the health and safety of more than 100,000 children in Central African Republic, who are now facing sexual abuse and recruitment into armed groups.

Published August 14, 2013

Save the Children has warned that more than 100,000 displaced children in the Central African Republic were at risk of sexual abuse and recruitment into armed groups since the rebel takeover last March.

Forced to flee their homes after fighting among the rebel groups sparked widespread abuses, many of the children are suffering from malnutrition and malaria.

Mark Kaye, a spokesperson for the international non-governmental organization, told BBC News that the existing health system had been nearly extinguished. Food reserves and personal possessions have also reportedly been looted, along with pharmacies and hospitals.

As BBC News reported:

Mr Kaye said that aid organisations urgently needed help to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.

"This isn't just a forgotten crisis from the coup. This country has been largely ignored for the best part of a decade now.

"Even before this coup one in 10 children died before they reached the age of one and 15 out of 100 died before they reached the age of five."

Over the weekend, [Ban Ki-moon] urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation in CAR.

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(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Written by Patrice Peck

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