The European Union's commissioner for humanitarian aid is urgently calling for attention to the Central African Republic, where she says there is an "incredibly terrible humanitarian situation." The country has spiraled into chaos after Seleka rebels took control of the government and ousted President Francois Bozize earlier this year, and the United Nations Wednesday declared the country on the brink of collapse.
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, appeared on HuffPost Live Thursday and described the country as "one of the most destitute places" she has ever visited and called the humanitarian crisis there "another Somalia in the making."
"It is one of the most destitute places I have visited in my whole life, and I have been in Somalia, in South Sudan," Georgieva told HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, describing the majority of people living in mud huts without electricity, running water or toilets. "This is a country that has been in chaos for a long, long time, but never as bad as it is now.
"The state is practically evaporating," she said. "Unless the international community mobilizes fast, we may be seeing another Somalia in the making."
Georgieva also lamented the lack of attention to the country, and pledged that she will continue to speak about it as long as she serves in office.
"A question I was asked there, time and again was: how did the world forget we exist?" "As long as I am commissioner, as long as I am in this position, I will time and again talk about the fate of these people."
Watch the full interview above.