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UN says running out of food for CAR

Drivers of trucks carrying food at the Cameroon border refused to cross the frontier due to the threat of attacks.

Last updated: 21 Jan 2014 02:29
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Food and supplies distributed by WFP and UNHCR on January 8 was expected to last for 10 days [AFP]

The United Nations has said it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in Central African Republic, with spreading unrest hobbling distribution efforts.

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that 38 trucks carrying rice are stuck at the Cameroon border and drivers were refusing to cross the frontier due to the threat of attacks.

"WFP cereal stocks are close to being exhausted and pulses too will soon run out," said a WFP statement.

"Suspending food distributions could lead to further tension, particularly among the 100,000 displaced people in the overcrowded Bangui airport camp," it added.

WFP regional director Denis Brown said the main road from Cameroon into Central African Republic, which has been in conflict for nearly a year, was a humanitarian "lifeline."

She said the agency was considering airlifting food to Bangui where more than 500,000 people are now said to be homeless.

The UN agency said it was concentrating current supplies on Bangui airport and had already cut rations to the northern town of Bossangoa.

"Deliveries to other locations cannot be carried out until trucks can drive safely along routes and their movement to Bangui is secured," said the statement.

Rebel forces ousted Central African Republic's president in March last year, but an interim government lost control of the country.

Rival Muslim and Christian militias are now battling each other and rogue checkpoints have been set up on nearly all main roads.

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said he was "extremely concerned" about the violence and humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic in a statement welcoming the election of Catherine Samba Panza as the country's new interim leader.

Ban renewed a call for international funding for the African force attempting to bring order to the country, said his spokesman.

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