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Over 2,000 Displaced Persons Arrive Kaga-Bandoro From Grevai, Central African Republic

Due to attacks from armed groups in Grevai, displaced persons have moved from the village to Kaga-Bandoro town in the country.

Over two thousand displaced persons fleeing from armed groups in Grevai have arrived in Kaga-Bandoro town within the last few days.

Most of the displaced persons are currently being housed in the Gbakoto school situated in the Serebanda quarter on the outskirts of the town.

“I have already registered 1,801 persons who are at present in the Gbakoto school site,” revealed a leader of the displaced persons from Grevai.

“Besides all those ones, there are still several people who are on their way here. As of now, there are no mats in the camp and no mosquito nets. The displaced persons sleep on the bare floor. In the night, mosquitoes bite them and they are thus exposed to malaria, diarrhea and other illnesses. Even their feeding conditions are lamentable.”

A government official who also escaped from Grevai and is currently among the displaced persons has called for an urgent military intervention so the rebels occupying the town can be dislodged to enable people to return back home.

“We call on the government to quickly come to our assistance by furnishing us with mats, mosquito nets and food so that our children would have what to eat. There are pregnant women here and they are in need of medicines,” the leader of the displaced persons who opted for anonymity told HumAngle on Tuesday.

Despite these deplorable living conditions, more people are pouring into Kaga-Bandolo from Grevai everyday while the government seems to be doing nothing to chase the rebels away from their town so that they can return home.

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