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Nearly a million flee Central African Republic

Thousands of people have been killed and nearly 1 million driven from their homes from religious violence in Central African Republic, the UN said.

Violence in CAR has uprooted nearly a million people, a fifth of the population. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

According to the UN, 2.2 million people, about half the population of the impoverished nation, need humanitarian aid.

The former French colony descended into chaos since mainly Muslim Saleka rebels seized power in in March.

“Killings in Bangui (the capital) and in the rest of the country continue every day, and the population remains divided along religious affiliation,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council.

He added that nearly one in every two inhabitants of Bangui has now been driven from their homes.