Govt urged to increase aid to Central African Republic

Children in the Central African Republic need international aid if they are to have any hope of surviving the extreme violence engulfing the Sub-Saharan country, War Child UK have warned.

Soldiers from the government's Central African Armed Forces (FACA) stand to attention in the capital, Bangui. Credit: Reuters

Atrocities against children as young as three have been carried out, while one in 10 women and girls have been raped, the Children's charity said.

A 12-year-old girl told the charity: "A bullet hit my house while I was in bed. A soldier broke into my house and raped me."

Rob Williams, chief executive of War Child UK, explained: "Every day the crisis in the Central African Republic is worsening, and children are the innocent victims.

"Our survey shows the appalling impact on children and young people, who are losing their parents, their homes and their futures."