Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Central African Republic fears humanitarian disaster says UN


The Central African Republic is staring at one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time if immediate action is not taken to increase aid to the country, according to the UN.
Aurelien Agbenonci, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in CAR, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that if the shortfall for aid was not met, the UN “won’t be able to continue humanitarian activities till the end of the year”.
Only 31 percent of the UN humanitarian appeal for the CAR has been secured, the UN said.
“This is an extremely trying time for everyone but it would be a critical mistake for the international community to be lulled into thinking that stability has returned to the country,” Agbenonci said.
The comments came as one UN soldier was killed, according to a spokesperson for the UN stabilisation mission MINUSCA, when fighting broke out in a northern neighbourhood of the capital Bangui.
“The mission launched an operation to arrest a person wanted by the judicial services for various crimes. Our forces came under heavy fire. One MINUSCA peacekeeper was killed and several others where wounded,” Reuters quoted the unnamed spokesperson as saying.
Million displaced
About a million people have been displaced since Seleka fighters took control of Bangui in March 2013.
Around 2.7 million people, more than half the population, are still in need of aid, while 1.5 million people were affected by food insecurity.
“Putting an end to impunity by bringing perpetrators of human right violations and grave violations against children to justice should be a priority,” Agbenonci said.

Henry J Williams

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