Two-thirds of all children in Central African Republic need emergency aid, the UN said Friday, sounding an alarm about the impoverished country's worsening "neglected" crisis.
Some 1.5 million children nationwide are in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of 300,000 compared with 2016, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said in a new report.
That year, longtime leader Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by a predominantly Muslim rebel alliance called the Seleka.
Much of the country, roughly the size of France, is now controlled by rival militia groups.
"What we are trying to do under these extraordinary circumstances is to keep children alive," Muhigana said.
Beyond those in need of aid, UNICEF said that one in four children are either internally displaced or have fled the country as refugees.
Responding to those in need has also become increasingly difficult as attacks on aid workers in CAR have quadrupled this year.
Muhigana called the emergency in CAR "one of the most neglected" in the world.
UNICEF's warning follows a horrific spate of violence in the central region of Alindao.
(With inputs from agencies.)