OCHA concerned about protection of civilians in CAR

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Displaced family in the Central African Republic

The UN humanitarian agency – OCHA  is expressing serious concern about the protection of civilians in the fighting going on in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Jens Laerke says the security situation is having a major impact on its humanitarian activities.

“ There's an estimated 360,000 people living in the affected areas and there are some 700,000 at further risk of their protection because of the escalation in fighting. Also, there's been a relocation of staff, who were now working out of Cameroon. The humanitarian team was working around the clock to re-access the Republic, of course, all dependent on the security situation.”

Spokesperson Jens Laerke says that on the ground, NGOs, such as Médecins Sans Frontières, the Red Cross and the International Medical Corps, were working to respond to the needs of displaced people.

Also, the UN children's agency – UNICEF says it has maintained a critical staff presence in the Central African Republic through a team of national experts, and collaborated with a network of partners to continue emergency activities.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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