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The United Nations has warned that the Central African Republic (CAR) needs [urgent / urgently] help. The UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said it was "descending into complete [chaotic / chaos] before our eyes". The [landlocked / unlocked] nation has been slowly moving towards a state of [total / totally] anarchy since rebels [sized / seized] power in March. Mr Eliasson called for the strengthening of the African Union's [militia / military] presence in the country. He suggested turning it [onto / into] an official UN peacekeeping operation. Mr Eliasson warned: "If this [experience / situation] is left to fester, it may [process / develop] into a religious and ethnic conflict with long-standing consequences – [ever / even] a civil war that could spread into neighbouring countries."

Rebels known as the Seleka replaced [firmer / former] President Bozize with their own commander Michel Djotodia. Mr Djotodia later [rebranded / disbanded] the rebels but they [regrouped / recollected] and formed armed gangs, which now control most of the [poverty / impoverished] country. Mr Eliasson said: "The population is [ending / enduring] suffering beyond imagination. As we [see / view] far too often, women and children are bearing the [bland / brunt] . Human rights violations are [mounting / hilly] . The use of child soldiers is rising. Sexual violence is growing. There are widespread reports of looting, illegal checkpoints, [exhibition / extortion] , illegal arrests and detentions, torture and summary executions." He warned that: "The CAR is becoming a [breeding / weeding] ground for extremists."

 


 

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