UN agencies and partners concerned about deteriorating humanitarian situation in Central African Republic

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Frightened face of a boy from the Central African Republic – video capture/UNHCR

United Nations relief agencies and their partners are concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic as they continue their relief work in the country.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the situation, particularly in the capital, Bangui, and Bossangoa is alarming.

There have been clashes between defence units and former Séléka fighters who plunged the country into a crisis when they seized the capital Bangui in March this year.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"The acting Humanitarian Coordinator, Rokhaya Daba Fall, called on all parties committing acts of violence to respect the protection of civilians and to ensure their security, including humanitarian organizations operating to alleviate the suffering of the people affected by the crisis. Unlimited and unhindered access should be guaranteed to allow organizations to deliver assistance where needed in a neutral and impartial manner." (25")

Martin Nesirky says UN agencies and humanitarian partners in the Central African Republic have intensified operations to provide shelter, drinking water, sanitation, food security and health to internally displaced people.

They are also reinforcing civil-military coordination and supporting reconciliation efforts, the spokesperson adds.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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