Central African Republic suffering “the worst crisis most people have never heard of”

BY newsdesk  November 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT


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Snapshot from a rebel camp circa 2007 in the north-eastern Central African Republic.
Photo By Flickr user hdptcar

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The Central African Republic has declared a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. late Friday in response to escalating violence from the loosely banded group of rebels known as Seleka, who have been killing, looting and burning villages, Al Jazeera reports.

Political instability is not new to the Central African Republic, a country that has seen five coups, poor infrastructure and corrupt political leaders since its independence in 1960.

The United States estimates 400,000 people displaced, with no access to HIV and malaria treatment, the Guardian reports.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers had called the situation in CAR as “the worst crisis most people have never heard of.” With mercenaries pouring in from other countries, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French television station France 2 on Thursday that the country is “on the verge of genocide.”