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Central African Republic humanitarian crisis deepens following coup
The Guardian, 26 March 2013
A rebel-led weekend coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) took place against a backdrop of worsening humanitarian conditions in many parts of the country, with access to affected populations severely restricted.The Séléka rebel group overran the capital, Bangui, on 24 March, putting President François Bozizé to flight and naming Michel Djotodia the new head of state.
"With all offices and most stores looted, it will be difficult to evaluate needs. Bangui has no electricity or water. We need to have security and for the population to stop looting," said Amy Martin, who heads the Bangui branch of OCHA, the UN's office for humanitarian affairs.