Renewed CAR violence triggers bloodbath

chaos CARFrom  JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE resurgence of violence between self-defence groups and other armed groups in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR) has left over 100 civilians dead, 600 homes burned and thousands displaced.
The militancy characterised by brutal attacks, killings, robberies, lootings, kidnappings and targeting civilians and humanitarian workers has led to refugees that have fled conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fleeing back to their country.
Djerassem Mbaiorem, local spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said violence had seriously impacted on Congolese refugees living in a camp in Zemio, which was invaded by armed men in recent days.
The camp was hosting around 3 000 Congolese refugees.
“Since the incident, many refugees including men, women and children have returned to the DRC, in fear for their lives,” Mbaiorem said.
In Bria, northeast of the capital, Bangui, people are reported to have fled to the bush.
A local camp hosting 2 400 is now empty with its whole population having fled the attacks.
Indiscriminate attacks have left some 136 people dead and 36 wounded, with 600 houses burned and an additional 180 looted.
“These are conservative estimates. People fleeing the violence speak of having witnessed brutal attacks, killings, robberies, lootings and kidnappings,” Mbaiorem said.
UN forces have thwarted an attack unidentified armed men attempting  to break into UNHCR accommodation in Kaga Bandaro in the north of the country with the intention of attacking staff and looting belongings.
– CAJ News

 

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