Central Africa R.- UN condemns nearly 60 attacks on humanitarian workers in OAC since the beginning of the year

File – BANGUI, February 17, 2023 — Guo Jianwei, a member of the 19th Chinese medical team sent to the Central African Republic, takes blood samples from a patient for examination at the Friendship Hospital in Bangui, Fe, Central African Republic. – Europa Press/Contact/Li Yahui – Archive


The United Nations has confirmed at least 57 attacks on humanitarian personnel and 17 medical centers since the beginning of the year in the Central African Republic, one of the world’s most dangerous countries in terms of humanitarian aid performance for 3.4 million people. more than 60 percent of the population desperately needing help to survive).

Without further progress, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) condemned the attack in the north of the country last Wednesday that killed a driver of a humanitarian team, mainly on the highway. Between Birao and AmDafok, the second town that is home to 13,000 refugees and IDPs.

Two of the team members were temporarily held in the same highly dangerous area where, for example, the leading rebel group, the Popular Front for the Central African Republic Renaissance (or FPRRC) operates, before being released.

Added to this violence against humanitarian workers are attacks on the country’s medical centers, which killed at least one health worker and injured ten during the 17 attacks recorded between January and May, according to data from the World Health Organization. year.

UN humanitarian coordinator Mohamed ag Agoya strongly condemned these acts of violence, which threaten aid workers, doctors, patients, refugees and displaced persons alike, and in many cases forced NGOs to suspend their activities in the country.

“These actions,” the coordinator recalls, “are a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law, which governs the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers.”

Source: Noti Merica

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