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Central African Republic: helping displaced persons in the Paoua area

23-08-2007 News Release 07/14

The ICRC’s Paoua sub-delegation is rounding off a series of operations to distribute basic necessities to some 13,500 families in the sub-prefectures of Paoua and Markounda.

The people concerned had to leave their villages and flee into the bush following fighting in late 2006/early 2007 between the armed opposition in the north-west and government forces.

The humanitarian situation and security conditions in the north of the country remain a cause for concern, and most of the people who have left their homes are not prepared to return. Access to essential items remains a problem for the vast majority of them, especially during the rainy season.

The ICRC is providing this assistance with the support of volunteers from the Central African Red Cross Society and the work is likely to continue for the next few weeks. The aim is to mitigate the direct effects of the conflict on the everyday lives of these displaced persons, by providing them with such essential items as plastic sheeting, mats, blankets, soap, bowls and kitchen kits.

The ICRC’s sub-delegation in Paoua opened in April 2006. Its role is to respond to the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in the north-west of the country. In addition to providing protection and assistance to the civilian population, the sub-delegation promotes international humanitarian law among government forces, the armed opposition and civil society.

For further information, please contact:
  Jean Nicolas Marti, ICRC Bangui, tel. : +236 611 174
  Abdou Latif Mbake, ICRC Bangui, tel. : +236 611 014
  Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel. : +41 22 730 2458