Britain wants more global support for CAR crisis

London, April 2: Britain Tuesday urged the international community to commit more support to help alleviate the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), ahead of an incoming EU-Africa Summit in Brussels to discuss the conflict.

Describing the situation in the CAR as “ever more desperate”, British International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone urged that “the international community must do more to help the men, women and children affected”, Xinhua reported.

Britain will provide seeds, farming tools and protection for people affected by the crisis, the British Department for International Development (DFID) announced Tuesday.

It pledged a new aid package of 6 million pounds (about $10 million) to bring Britain’s total direct contribution to 18 million pounds in 2014, in addition to funds committed through the EU and the UN, the DIFD said.

According to UN statistics, the violence in the CAR led to 290,000 people fleeing to neighbouring countries, and the number of internally displaced people (IDP) in the crisis-torn African country reached an extremely high number of 650,000, including 232,000 IDPs in Bangui, the capital, alone.

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