Aug. 9 - The U.N. World Food Program has announced it is stepping up its efforts to supply food to desperate residents of war-torn Central African Republic amid fears insecurity is fueling hunger. Tom Dinham reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE* Driving to the city of Darma in the Central African Republic, a World Food Programme convoy on its way to deliver food to desperate families who have fled their homes. The UN is stepping up operations in the Central African Republic amid increasing concerns that ongoing insecurity is fuelling hunger among the population. The country has been plunged into chaos since rebels seized power from President Francois Bozize four months ago. Except for the capital Bangui, the country is in the grip of rebel warlords, forcing aid groups to pull out and leaving an estimated 4.5 million people to fend for themselves. The country's porous borders mean Arabic-speaking marauding raiders, poachers and soldiers of fortune from neighbouring Chad and Sudan form part of the armed groups that have preyed on the countryside in recent years. The food distributions are crucial to farmers that have fled their fields. The fighting has displaced 200,000 people inside Central African Republic and pushed 50,000 refugees across its borders.