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U.N. to help Central African Republic

December 9th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

A ceasefire negotiated between rival Muslim and Christian militias brought a brief respite Saturday to a Central African Republic town after two days of violent clashes.

The truce between the Muslim Seleka militia and the Christian anti-Balaka in Bossangoa allowed aid agencies to begin assessing the needs of the population caught in the midst of the violence.

Read: Uneasy truce in town at heart of Central African Republic unrest

At the Ecole Liberte school, where a makeshift displaced camp sprang up in September to harbor fleeing Muslims, the numbers swelled during the clashes from around 2,500 displaced to nearly 10,000.

The people there are in need of almost everything: food, water and shelter.

Over in a Catholic Church compound where 35,000 Christians sought refuge from the Seleka militias in September, the camp is more established, but water and food supplies are dwindling and there is very little shelter from the elements.

Malaria and malnutrition are all too common among the camps' denizens, but disease and malnutrition aren't the only problems facing them.

French Ambassador to the U.N Gerard Araud tells Becky that the Central African Republic is on the verge of "mass atrocities".

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