Offbeat Central African Republic: a humanitarian mission to Bambari following the fire of a displaced site

08:20  10 june  2021
08:20  10 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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GO TO SITE Humanitarian Law. MSF Paediatric Days. The violence has now reached Bambari , causing loss of life and further displacement , just weeks after the city of Bangui, to the southwest, which was also spared from most of the violence of 2017, experienced its worst fighting since 2015. “This week, a new city in the Central African Republic became the scene of violent fighting, once again reducing the number of places where the people of CAR could hope to live in peace with their families,” laments Paul Brockmann, MSF’s head of mission in CAR.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is the third-largest humanitarian crisis in the world, after Yemen and Syria, according to the proportion of the total population in need of humanitarian assistance. According to the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), 2.9 million Central Africans , more than half of The phenomenon of transhumance (i.e, cattle migration) is also a destabilizing factor in the north-west (Bouar-BocarangaBaboua region), the west (Berberati region, Gamboula, AmadaGaza), the center -west (Bossembéle-Yaloké region), the centereast (Kouango- Bambari -Alindao-Kembé region)

Un avion des Nations Unies (sur l’aérodrome de Bambari ). © RFI / Pierre Pinto A United Nations aircraft (on the bambari aerodrome).

in the Central African Republic A high-level delegation representing three UN humanitarian agencies (OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF) arrived Wednesday, June 9 in Bambari, in the center of the country, following the two fires that ravaged in recent days a site. Displaced with more than 8,000 people currently refugees in the central mosque and the different neighborhoods of the city.

with our correspondent in Bangui, Carol Valade

Residents describe a dramatic situation for displaced: lack of food water, medicine. Food and tent distributions started but the versions diverge on the origin of the fires.

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A camp for internally displaced people in Birao, Central African Republic , on November 6, 2019. Fighting between former Seleka rebels, anti-balaka militias, and other armed groups forced thousands to flee their homes as fighters killed civilians and looted and burned properties. In January, fighting broke out between UN peacekeepers and fighters from the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC), when UPC fighters killed two policemen in Bambari ahead of a visit by the country’s president.

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According to the bambari gendarmerie, everything begins with a rebel attack on the positions of the army, on the night Friday to Saturday, making a death in his ranks. In pursuit of the attackers, the FACAs would have subsequently arrested in the displaced site, creating the psychosis and the massive flight of its inhabitants. The latter would then fire their own homes of straw huts to prevent them from being occupied by others.

This is the official version confirmed by local authorities. But contradicted by several security and diplomatic humanitarian sources. According to the latter, the displaced people would have received an ultimatum to leave the places losing a large part of their property in the fires. An internal document at the UN evokes a "forced eviction" as well as a possible "violation of international humanitarian law".

"If you are told that the Faca or their Russian allies have burned the site, it's wrong! "The hon. Member for Bambari, Amadou Aubin Amasseka, who adds," Rebels are sleeping among the displaced! If you say to leave, you just have to leave the place.

A second mission formed by the MINUSCA and the Central African authorities should go to Bamabri by the end of the week. According to the coordination of United Nations humanitarian affairs (OCHA) in Central African Republic, nearly 730,000 people are currently displaced in the country.

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