Disturbing trend of attacks on humanitarian workers

From a report by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming :

UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) is alarmed at the recent outbreak of violence in parts of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, targeting civilians, humanitarian workers and United Nations peacekeepers. The latest surge in attacks has badly hampered humanitarian activities.

The recent episode of unrest in Bangui represents a disturbing trend of attacks on humanitarian workers who are trying to access and assist displaced populations in Bangui and its suburbs.

There are some 410,000 internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic including over 60,000 in 34 sites in Bangui.

Around 420,000 CAR refugees have fled to the neighboring countries.

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