Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General, Adama Dieng says he was “very sorry” to see escalating violence in Central African Republic.
He added that Bria, a town that has seen some of the worst recent fighting, is split along religious lines.
Dieng, who advises the UN chief on prevention of genocide was on a six-day visit to the country, where a surge in militia fighting in several hotspots since May has driven the number of people displaced to over 1.1 million.
“I must say that in Bria I was very sorry to see a city cut in two; to see on the one hand the Christian populations, on the other hand the Muslim population; a civilian population who in both camps experienced victims. And my wish is to see these people gather together,” Dieng said after meeting residents and officials.
Conflict broke out in CAR after mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013, provoking a backlash from Christian anti-balaka (anti-machete) militias.