Aid workers killed in CAR

downloadFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations is alarmed at the increasing
attacks against humanitarian workers in crisis-gripped Central African
Republic (CAR).

Five humanitarian workers were killed in the line of duty in 2016 owing to
attacks by the ex-Séléka coalition, defense militias known as anti-Balaka
and the Lord’s Resistance Army.

This brings to 24 the aid workers that have been killed since 2013.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA), there were 336 attacks against humanitarian workers in 2016.

Of these, about 60 percent were robberies and burglaries.

These attacks occur as humanitarian crises multiply with an alarming
increase in the number of victims displaced.

“Tackling the humanitarian community is tantamount to attacking the most
vulnerable populations, those who need often vital assistance,” OCHA
Bureau Chief, Joseph Inganji said.

During the last quarter of 2016, outbreaks of violence displaced more than
70 000 people.

In some areas, humanitarian workers cannot reach the displaced hidden in
the bushes due to insecurity.

A humanitarian appeal of $532 million (R7,3 billion) has been poorly
funded with 34 percent of the target met.

This year, about 2,2 million, nearly half of the 4,6 million population
will need aid.

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