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Over 1,000 IDPs In CAR In Need Of Urgent Humanitarian Aid

Refugees in the Central African Republic, CAR are begging for humanitarian aid as their conditions continue to deteriorate.

More than 1000 displaced persons in the Yassara, Yassinda, Voudambala, Nguito-Source, Bangui Kpoka and Gbogboro quarters, have called on the Central African Republic government and international humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come to their aid urgently.

The displaced persons who have been living in a church building in Gobongo 2 within the eighth subdivision of Bangui lamented their conditions have continued to deteriorate since they arrived in the area after fleeing from violence in their quarters of residence.

Attacks carried by armed groups against positions of the government and order in the periphery of Bangui since Jan. 13 have led to the displacement of women, children and old persons towards other quarters of the national capital.

“It is really deplorable. Children and pregnant women are living under very difficult conditions. They do not have blankets, water to bathe, food to feed on, in fact, even medicines. In fact, they should not be forgotten,” said Patient Sanga, a resident of Yassinda quarter.

The number of displaced persons escaping to the periphery of Bangui has been increasing by the day as military hostilities increase.

“At this rate, sooner, not later, the local inhabitants would be overwhelmed by the arriving displaced persons, and I shudder to think of what might ensue when frustrated displaced persons become restive,” Sanga said with concern written all over his face.

“We are really sitting on a keg of gunpowder that can explode at any time. If the government and the international humanitarian organisations do not do something right now to alleviate the living conditions of the displaced persons,” a civil society activist who opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Bangui.

“We would soon be facing another violent situation where the refuge seekers may be forced to fight against their hosts before getting even a single bite for themselves and their families.” 

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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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