Published March 20, 2014
BANGUI, Central African Republic – The U.N.'s top human rights official is warning that hatred between Christian and Muslim communities in Central African Republic is now "at a terrifying level."
Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Thursday deplored the violence that has included decapitating children and acts of cannibalism.
And she questioned whether there would be a "far stronger and more dynamic reaction by the outside world" if the atrocities were not taking place in a little-known African country.
Some 6,000 African peacekeepers and 2,000 French troops are trying to stabilize the country, but have a limited presence outside the capital, Bangui.
Pillay said even those carrying bloody machetes and severed body parts are not being arrested because the country has no law and order apart from the foreign troops.