Potential Refugee Crisis in Central African Republic

Central African Republic is in the thick of a civil war that is likely to result in a wave of refugees. The problem for this landlocked nation is that several of the nations around it are also plagued by interior turmoil, meaning there are only a limited number of places refugees from the CAR can flee to.

Fighting in the last week has driven an estimated 159,000 people from their homes in Bangui, but the total number displaced by turmoil around the country is put at about half a million, Mr. Edwards said. In other parts of Central African Republic, “there are tens of thousands of people who have been in the bush for many months,” said Marixie Mercado, a spokeswoman for Unicef in Geneva. (Source: New York Times, "Violence in Central African Republic...")