UN humanitarians under siege from CAR militants

CAR targetFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations has condemned escalatingharassment of its workers, which recently saw armed militants attack and rob staff at gunpoint north of the lawless Central African Republic.
Radicals broke into UN premises earlier this week before looting goods and money on site.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UN Development Programme staff were also robbed of their belongings, including personal items and passports, and threatened during the attack in the town of Kaga Bandoro.
“We condemn this attack and stand by our staff,” said UNHCR spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic.
“The safety of aid workers is of tremendous importance for being able to
help civilian populations in desperate need.”
Since the attack, UNHCR has temporarily relocated staff to the UN
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR base in Kaga Bandoro and we will be moving some to the capital Bangui.
In CAR, UNHCR provides protection and assistance to more than 8 600
refugees and 503 000 internally displaced people.
The Central African country has been in crisis since 2013.
Clashes between the Christian anti-Balaka radicals and the Muslim Séléka rebel coalition, plunged the country of 4,5 million people into conflict in 2013.
Half of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.
Despite the signing of peace deal, a resurgence of violence between
self-defence groups and other armed groups has left over 100 civilians
dead, 600 homes burned and thousands displaced in recent days.
– CAJ News


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