CAR rebellion denies civilians food aid
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ARMED conflict is hampering aid delivery to thousands displaced in the lawless Central African Republic.
The Ouaka province, which borders Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haute Kotto province, the country’s biggest prefecture, are worst affected.
In 2017, there have been deadly clashes between rival armed groups to the detriment of civilians who are forcibly displaced.
Bambari, the capital of Ouaka, has 45 000 displaced persons out of a population of 160 000.
Since the end of November, about 20 000 new refugees have been registered.
Maloum, 63km north of Bambari, recently received 4 000 newly displaced persons due to clashes between armed groups.
Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the CAR, Aboubacry Tall, ordered parties to the conflict to ensure unimpeded humanitarian access.
“It is unacceptable for civilians to pay the price for rivalries between armed groups because of their religious believes or political affiliation,” Tall said.
“I strongly urge armed groups not to obstruct the free movement of civilians or humanitarian actors so humanitarian assistance can be deliver to the people in need.”
Clashes between mainly Muslim Séléka rebels and mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia, the country of 4,5 million people into civil conflict in 2013.
– CAJ News
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