3,000 Muslims trapped in Bangui neighbourhood to be evacuated

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Plans are being finalized to evacuate 3,000 members of the Muslim community from a neighbourhood in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR).

The Office or the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed the news on Thursday and said humanitarian agencies and international forces were behind the move.

These are mainly elderly people and children who fled attacks by the Anti-Balaka or pro-Christian militias.

Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson has more.

"Meanwhile, the Office also says that access to water, basic sanitation services and improved hygiene practices are needed for 900,000 affected people. Humanitarian partners have almost completed the rehabilitation of the water distribution system by the national company in Bangui. Partners have also provided enough products to allow the city's water treatment plant to deliver safe water to 600,000 people for the next three months. “

Nesirky added that the World Food Programme (WFP) was able to resume aid in greater Bangui in the past weeks, thanks to the arrival of convoys carrying food supplies.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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