TODAY   |  January 09, 2014

Tensions breaking over tribal disputes in Central Africa

U.S. and U.N. officials fear a possible genocide in the wake of new tensions over old tribal rivalries and politics in the Central African Republic, triggering unspeakable violence. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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>> now to a looming crisis a world away. near that be 100,000 people living in a makeshift refugee camp trying to escape the rising violence there. the united nations says it could quickly turn into a humanitarian disaster. ann currie is there. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning. we've come here because of a level of violence that has gotten so out of control, so who are tisk that u.s. and u.n. officials fear it could turn into genocide. as one relief worker put it, this is like darfur and anarchy, now both sides live in fear. the violence has forced nearly a million people from their homes. the vast majority of them children, including this 8-year-old walking alone in a camp full of displaced people . her mother, father, brother, sister and grandparents killed.

>> are you the only survivor of your family?

>> i am.

>> she tells us, she watched as her mother was shot. "i raised my hand to god like this but they didn't listen to me," she said, "and finally they killed my mother." she said she couldn't stop crying when she woke up today. she drew a picture of the life she's lost, her momenhome, the fish in the river behind it, the flowers that were near the front door. today she lives in camp on the ground of the mondastery with only one of the relatives she has left, her great aunt. sheep said she has no words for the men who killed her family. instead she put her hands together to offer a prayer, " forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." and she added, "bless me and keep me safe."

>> one sad story among so many here. meantime numerous reports that the president of the central african republic could soon step done are yet unconfirmed but already that's increasing tensions here. savannah?

>> all right, ann, thank you