CAR exodus may cause 'catastrophic market collapse'

February 10, 2014

"Aid organisations have warned that the continued exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) could lead to a catastrophic market collapse. Oxfam and Action Against Hunger say fewer than 10 wholesalers remain in the capital, Bangui, with many considering leaving the country. As a result, they warn staple food supplies could dry up and prices rise. With 90% of the population estimated by the UN to eat one meal a day, there are fears the situation could worsen. Violence between the Christian majority and Muslims has torn the country apart since a coup last year. Tens of thousands of Muslims have already fled the country to neighbouring Cameroon and Chad."