Rebels ransack hospitals, refugee camps in CAR

Kids who are waiting inside the hospital compound play with a balloon outside the wards.

Kids who are waiting inside the hospital compound play with a balloon outside the wards.

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – RIVAL rebel groups have killed over 20 civilians and left more than 10 000 refugees homeless in the crisis-torn Central African Republic.
Victims uprooted by conflict pitting Muslim Seleka coalition and so called self-defence groups in the northwestern Batangafo in the past week are sheltering in the grounds of a local hospital after the sole refugee camp was looted and burned.
Most people sheltering in Batangafo hospital leave the grounds during the day and return to sleep at the hospital yard during the night.
Carlos Francisco, Coordinator of the Doctors Without Borders, said much of the general population was in a state of complete helplessness.
“Imagine what the situation must be like when people think that the only safe option left to them is a hospital, knowing that not even hospitals are safe.”
In recent weeks, armed groups have forcibly entered some hospitals in the region.
In Bangassou, the militants escorted away two patients, who were later found dead. In Zemio, armed men shot and killed a child in its mother’s arms.
Batangafo has been plunged into chaos, with a wave of killings and lootings.
At least 24 people have been killed in the latest skirmishes. A number of aid organisations, including Doctors Without Borders have been robbed and staff assaulted.
CAR’s conflict has been worsening since it started with a coup in 2013/14.
The conflict features Muslim rebels and Christian radicals.
CAJ News

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