Conflict turns CAR towns to ghost cities

Central African RepublicFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MAJOR cities in the conflict-torn Central African Republic (CAR) remain ghost towns after thousands flee violent clashes between armed groups.
In the worst affected central Bria, more than 40 000 people, out of the 47 000 inhabitants, have fled their home to seek safety in different sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs).
They are now in desperate need of food, clean water, shelter and health supplies as aid agencies struggle to raise money to cater for escalating crises.
Women at the sites are particularly vulnerable due to the presence of people involved with armed groups while the presence of armed elements hinder protection efforts and the implementation of proper mechanisms to safeguard women and girls, who are most at risk of abductions and sexual violence.
Since the onset of the new crisis in May, 167 unaccompanied children have been registered in Bria where they are placed with host families and receive psychosocial support.
So far this year, close to 10 000 children have dropped out of school.
Overall, over 500 000 remain internally displaced in CAR which is in bloodbath following recent years of attacks on religious or ethnic grounds.
“Such attitudes must be eradicated in order to give the people a chance to regain peace and rebuild their lives and those of future generations,” said United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Najat Rochdi.
Incessant clashes between Islamist and Christian radicals have battered the Central African country since 2013.
UN requires US$400 million (R5,3 billion) to address the needs of 1,6 million people in CAR but less than half has been secured.
– CAJ News

 

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