The United Nations has expressed concerns over the increasing rate of attacks on humanitarian workers in the Central African Republic by armed groups.
Speaking during a press conference in Bangui the capital on Saturday, April 3, Denise Brown, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in the country revealed that between October 2020 and February 2021, there have been 234 attacks on humanitarian workers in the country.
Brown added that these attacks resulted in two deaths and eight persons wounded, accounting for a 79 per cent increase as compared to the same period last year.
He laid particular emphasis on the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Bakouma last week. Bakouma in the Southeast of the Central African Republic an is occupied by rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).
“I want to express my total frustration and my anger following the harassment and intimidation of the humanitarian community by the armed group in Bakouma,” Bakouma said at the press conference.
“They threatened our staff, they traumatized our staff. Our vehicles, our means of work were stolen. Eight vehicles. We were lucky nobody was wounded.”
“I want to remind you that each centime that we receive, we have to go ask for it from our backers. It is not as if the money fell from heaven. Thus, when they put us in difficulties, they put in difficulties their actual populations. When they see a family, a woman, a child by the roadside who are in need of assistance and whom the humanitarian team are not there to help because they threatened us, that is their responsibility.”