WFP continues operations as security situation deteriorates in Central African Republic

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Food assistance in Central African Republic (Copyright: WFP/Sayaka Sato)

The United Nations food agency is continuing its operations in the Central African Republic despite the deteriorating security situation, according to its spokesperson.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is helping thousands of people who have been displaced by increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups in the country.

WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs says the security situation in the Central African Republic has deteriorated over the past weeks with a number of security incidents.

"The security incidents have not had a direct impact on WFP programmes but it's of concern. Security incidents are still reported in Bangui and across the country and crime remains a major threat. The humanitarian community is increasingly becoming the target of looting and attacks by armed groups and crime is shifting towards violent robbery at residences." (29")

Ms Byrs says that WFP workers have received security advisories in relation to the threat.

She adds that the recent closure of the border between Cameroon and the Central African Republic after the killing of a Cameroonian border officer could have an impact on the delivery of WFP commodities.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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