UNHCR: CAR refugees enter Cameroon in horrific condition; Could violence lead to partition?

Members of the anti-balaka, a Christian militia, patrol outside the village of Zawa, Central African Republic, April 8, 2014.

GENEVA — The United Nations refugee agency reports thousands of refugees fleeing the Central African Republic are arriving in Cameroon in horrific condition. Two senior officials who have just visited the region say the refugees report anti-Balaka militiamen are trying to prevent civilians from leaving the C.A.R. and are attacking them along the way.

“So, what we see…You can see the other side there. It is not too far. You see refugees walking over. This day, over 1,000 actually came over,” said Paul Spiegel.

Spiegel, a medical officer and senior manager for the U.N. refugee agency, describes video taken at a border crossing between Central African Republic and Cameroon. He is watching refugees traverse a shallow river from the C.A.R. into Gbiti, in Cameroon.

“If you look, it looks as if their legs, their knees are actually quite swollen. But, they are not. It is that you have severe malnutrition, not just in children, which is more the norm, but in adults. And, so they have lost so much body mass… These people have come over. They have been walking for up to three months, many from Bangui…They have been hiding out in the evenings. They have been eating mostly leaves, very poor water,” he said…

Muslim children gather at a water pump outside the mosque at PK12 in Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday April 10, 2014.

Could CAR violence lead it to partition?  BANGUI — The United Nations says 19,000 Muslims in the Central African Republic remain in imminent danger and should be relocated to safer towns farther north or outside the country. But it is a complex issue, as tens of thousands of Muslims have already fled their homes in the capital and the western half of the country following attacks.

Some local authorities worry that further evacuations could deepen divisions and reinforce calls for a partition of the country.

The C.A.R. is a country divided. Muslims are effectively separated from Christians.

In the Muslim part of Bangui’s PK12 neighborhood, some talk of eventual reconciliation — others, divorce.

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Diversity is not working here EITHER!  I am starting to wonder…

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