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Central African Republic: Over 405 IDPs Arrive Aigbado After Massacres

Displaced Persons, fleeing from the massacres carried out by rebels of the Parti du rassemblement de la nation centrafricaine (PRNC) on the village of Bornou have been arriving Aigbado in their numbers since Sunday. 

The village of Aigbado and the village of Bornou, situated three kilometres from Ouadda Maikaga in the Upper Kotto prefecture in North-Centre of the Central African Republic.

The IDPs were fleeing attacks which resulted in the death of 11 civilians and the wounding of 25 others.

It also included the burning down of over one hundred houses.

Elements of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic who hurried to the scene report that the village of Bornou has been completely deserted.

All those who succeeded in surviving the massacre have since abandoned the village and moved to Aigbado, 75 kilometres from Bria on the Ndele highway. 

Eyewitness accounts, by some of those who arrived from Bornou, reveal that before arriving Aigbado, they had travelled in groups through the forest for one week.

“Some other families preferred to take refuge in the sub prefecture of Ouadda Maikaga which is occupied by Parti du rassemblement de la nation centrafricaine (PRNC) fighters at their own risk and peril”, revealed another displaced person.

As at the time of writing this report, the humanitarian situation in the affected area remains precarious, as the forces of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central Africa (FPRC) now headed by Abdoulaye Hissène and those of the PRNC of Mahamat Nourd Nizan have been reinforcing their positions in the area. 

“While these rebel forces are reinforcing their troops in the area, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic forces based in Bria seem to be indifferent to appeals by the local population for them to come to their assistance.

“It would appear the MINUSCA forces are suffering from some sort of war or complaints fatigue because they seem to have lost their rapid intervention capacity”, remarked a journalist in Bangui yesterday.

Whilst the indifference continues, the sufferings of the people and death toll mounts.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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