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UN calls for action in Africa’s forgotten crisis

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The World Food Programme has stepped up its efforts to bring aid to the people of the Central African Republic. The aid agency says it is currently helping over 200,000 people caught in a humanitarian crisis caused by political instability, lawlessness and marauding rebels from neighbouring countries. The landlocked former French colony has been plunged into chaos since the Seleka rebels seized power four months ago. Outside the capital Bangui much of the country is ruled by warlords. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the United Nations Security Council to act.