"Massive ethno-religious cleansing is continuing," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement. "Shocking barbarity, brutality and inhumanity have characterized this violence."
Originally formed as self-defense brigades, the Christian militias, known as anti-balaka (anti-machete), have gone on a murderous rampage since the largely Muslim Seleka rebel group was ousted from power last month.
Also on Wednesday, the country's new transitional president, Catherine Samba Panza, vowed to "go to war" against the anti-balaka, saying they have "lost their sense of mission" and become "the ones who kill, who pillage, who are violent."
Geneva: The Syrian opposition on Wednesday laid out its most detailed vision yet for how to end the bloody civil war in Syria, calling for a transitional governing body with full executive authority that would oversee a U.N. monitored ceasefire. Strikingly, the 24-point plan makes no mention of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "I think that the opposition has come to the obvious conclusion that the best way to deal with Assad is to avoid mentioning him," an unnamed Middle Eastern diplomat told Reuters.
-By Ty McCormick