UN humanitarian wing condemns attacks on relief workers in Central African Republic

Women and children waiting in front of a health post in Kaga- Bandoro, north-western Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: UNICEF/Ronald de Hommel

27 September 2016 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ recent attacks involving humanitarian workers in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro located in the Nana Gribizi prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR).

“Violence against aid workers is a serious breach of International Humanitarian Law,” OCHA underscored in a news release issued yesterday.

According to the release, during the month of September, some 15 attacks were recorded with instances where armed men broke into the premises of international organizations.

Highlighting the negative impact of such violence, particularly on vulnerable populations that are still in dire need of humanitarian aid, OCHA deplored the deterioration in the protection of civilians’ the country.

It added that the attacks come amid a situation when humanitarian funding for the African country is at its lowest.

“To date, 2.3 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance, with only the 532 million US dollars of the humanitarian appeal funded,” OCHA said, noting that with the increasing needs in the country, “a little investment in the humanitarian action is necessary to save lives and alleviate suffering.”


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