CAR: Violence Obstructing Humanitarian Aid Delivery, UN Warns

BANGUI, OCTOBER 7, 2016 (CISA)-Violence between rival armed groups and series of attacks on humanitarians in northern Central African Republic has hindered the delivery of food aid.

Fabrizio Hochschild, UN humanitarian coordinator to Central Africa Republic said October 6 that despite UN peacekeeping Mission (MINUSCA) repressing the fighting and improving security, there have been heavy attacks on aid agencies.

“The situation is always fragile in Kaga Bandoro. There is an uneasy calm at the best of times,” Hochschild told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), violence in the town of Kaga Bandoro between the Muslim Seleka group and Christian anti-Balaka militia killed six people and

forced 3,200 to flee their homes.

OCHA noted that there have been more than 16 attacks on aid groups in September including assaults and robberies that has forced them to temporarily relocate staff or suspend their operations.

“This has limited the provision of aid to one of the most desperate places in the country,” said Mohamed Malick Fall of the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF), adding that one of his staff was visited at home in the night and threatened.

These staff departures have hindered the delivery of aid to 120,000 people in need of food and halted a UNICEF school feeding project for 25,000 children, OCHA said.

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