Paris - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday denounced
the "unprecedented" violence in the Central African Republic, urging
all sides to respect civilian safety and calling for urgent international aid.
"Tens of thousands of villagers have fled a fresh wave
of attacks summary executions, perpetrated both by armed groups and government
forces in the northwest of the country," the NGO said.
People were taking refugee in the bush, without protection
and particularly exposed to the dangers of malaria, the biggest cause of death
in the country, MSF said in its report.
Hygiene conditions are "disastrous" with so many
families living together, Ellen Van der Velden, head of the MSF mission in the
Central African Republic said in the statement.
"MSF is today one of the only NGOs working in the
conflict zones. It provides medical and surgical help, access to drinking water
and hygiene s well as nutritional help. But greater aid is needed," the
Geneva-based group said.
Other humanitarian groups have left the country or suffered
from robberies and now need to "re-equip and find sufficient
funding," MSF official Dr Andre Munger told AFP.
Last month the UN's children's agency decried the total
lawlessness in the country, which has "spelt disaster for children."
CAR was plunged into chaos in March when president Francois
Bozize was toppled by rebels.
Since then swathes of the country has fallen into the hands
of armed gangs and foreign mercenaries, with the unrest threatening to explode
into a conflict between the Christian majority and Muslims.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Sunday pledged to
send more troops to the country but also warned the coup leader there to stick
to his own promise of free polls in early 2015.
Western powers have reluctantly recognised President Michel
Djotodia, the leader of the now disbanded Seleka rebel group that toppled
Bozize as the country's first Muslim president.
In exchange, Djotodia has formed an inclusive government and
pledged not to run in elections due to mark the end of an 18-month interim
period in early 2015.
The impoverished landlocked country is a little larger than
France but sparsely populated and Djotodia is facing the same difficulty as his
predecessors in extending his authority beyond the capital.
Chaos followed Bozize's ouster and reports of widespread
summary executions, looting and abuses against civilians spurred the
international community into action.
Former Seleka commanders gone rogue have established
mini-fiefdoms scattered across the country in which they sew terror.
In some areas, villagers have responded by forming
vigilantes, some of which have specifically targeted Muslims.