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Central African Republic: help for people fleeing violence in Ndélé

14-12-2012 News Release 12/247

Bangui (ICRC) – Several hundred people have fled their homes since armed men attacked Ndélé, a town of 20,000 inhabitants in northern Central African Republic, on 10 December.

"Some people have left their homes entirely," explained Georgios Georgantas, head of the ICRC delegation in the Central African Republic. "Others have stayed but spend only a few hours there each day, as they are afraid of further violence. All those who have a hand in determining the fate of civilians, detainees and the wounded must do everything in their power to make sure they're spared."

The ICRC has trucked water to some 300 people who have sought refuge in makeshift shelters around the base of the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the Central African Republic. ICRC staff have also helped bury mortal remains. The organization is currently one of the only humanitarian agencies still operating in the town.

"We're keeping a very close eye on how events unfold so we can respond to people's needs as they arise," said Mr Georgantas. "We're talking to all those present on the ground in Ndélé."

For further information, please contact:
Vincent Pouget, ICRC Bangui, tel: + 236 75 64 30 07
Marie-Servane Desjonquères, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 31 60  or  +41 79 536 92 58


Photos

Ndélé. Children receiving water trucked in by the ICRC to the camp situated around the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the Central African Republic. 

Ndélé. Children receiving water trucked in by the ICRC to the camp situated around the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the Central African Republic.
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the camp situated around the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the Central African Republic. 

Ndélé. An ICRC water distribution point in the camp situated around the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the Central African Republic.
© ICRC