CAR conflict forces thousands to forests

terror in CAR 1From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – SCORES of civilians have been killed and 9 000 sought refugees in the forests after an outbreak of violence between armed groups north of the Central African Republic (CAR).
The violence is raging in the town of Bocaranga, Ouham Pende Province where conflict has left, international non-governmental organisations’ compounds attacked and pillaged.
Shops, churches and the markets have been systematically looted.
Prior to the conflict in Bocaranga, there were already 15 000 persons from Koui, 35km east of Bocaranga, who were displaced to the town due to the violence that occurred last September.
Acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Central Africa, Dr Michel Yao, condemned the attack on civilians and NGO compounds.
He called and calls for respect of the International Humanitarian Law as well as unhindered humanitarian access.
“I urge all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and to ensure the protection of civilians. Attack against aid workers is a crime against humanity,” said Yao.
CAR currently has over 400 000 persons displaced due to conflict.
The new displacement of civilians in Bocaranga comes amid humanitarian needs increasing while financial resources remain meagre.
More than 2 million people require immediate humanitarian assistance.
At least US$400 million (R5,3 billion) is required to address humanitarian needs.

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