Hundreds of people displaced due to insecurity in North-Eastern Central African Republic (CAR)
Hundreds of people have been displaced from their homes in the northeastern towns of Sam Ouandja and Ndélé (Hautte Kotto and Bamingui Bangoran prefectures respectively) as Union des Forces Démocratiques pour le Rassemblement (UFDR) rebel groups took control on 10 December 2012. Most humanitarian organizations in Ndélé have relocated their personnel to the nation’s capital city Bangui for security reasons, Reliefweb reports.
Although a few organizations are still present in Ndélé, some humanitarian services have either been suspended or reduced, pending an improvement in the security situation. “I urge all organizations that have political influence to continue their advocacy with all parties involved, to ensure that negotiations are pursued rather than military confrontations, in order to prevent civilian casualties,” said Rodolphe Moinaux, Country Director for the Danish Refugee Council in the CAR.
“Over the past year, the ceasefire agreement signed between the Convention des Patriotes pour la Justice et la Paix (CPJP) and UFDR groups ensured humanitarian access and assistance in the region. This humanitarian assistance enabled the re-establishment of normalcy in the lives of people affected by conflict and it would be unfortunate for new conflicts to jeopardize that.”
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