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Central Africa Republic (CAR) Situation Report No. 39 (as of 20 August 2014)

Highlights

  • More than 1,000 people have been displaced due to intercommunity violence in Mbres.

  • At least 31 people were injured in explosions in Bangui on 19 and 20 August, according to MSF.

  • The Ministry of Health, with support from WHO, has strengthened Ebola screening at Bangui’s international airport.

  • Robberies targeting humanitarian aid continue to be reported, particularly against food and seed deliveries.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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C. Africa clashes kill five, wound dozens

08/21/2014 12:58 GMT

BANGUI, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - Five people have been killed in fighting this week between armed militants and French peacekeepers in the capital of the Central African Republic, a hospital source said Thursday.

The clashes came after several weeks of calm in the city, where peacekeeping forces have frequently been involved in deadly firefights with rival militias and taken steps to to disarm them.

Agence France-Presse:

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République centrafricaine - ECHO Fiche Info - 20 août 2014

Messages clés

• Suite à l’escalade de la violence intercommunautaire au début du mois de décembre 2013, le nombre de personnes déplacées internes (PDIs) dans la République centrafricaine (RCA) a été estimé à 509 000. Presque 84 000 se trouvent dans la capitale, Bangui. 60% d’entre elles sont des enfants. Plus de la moitié des 4,6 millions d’habitants du pays nécessitent une assistance immédiate. Plus d’un quart de la population vit dans une situation d’insécurité alimentaire.

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ECHO Factsheet - 20 August 2014 - Central African Republic

Key messages

  • Following the escalation of inter-communal violence in the beginning of December 2013, the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Central African Republic (CAR) is estimated at 509 000 Central Africans.
    Around 84 000 are reported in the capital Bangui. Sixty percent of them are children. Over half of the 4.6 million population of the country is in immediate need of aid. More than a quarter of the population is in risk of food insecurity.

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Finding a safe space for learning in a country beset by violence

By Guy Hubbard

In the Central African Republic, where a crisis of violence, displacement and instability has closed many schools, UNICEF temporary learning spaces are helping children like 13-year-old Nicolette continue their education.

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Not to be forgotten: Helping people survive CAR crisis

Report
Mercy Corps

For the first time in recent memory, the world is seeing four different crises across the globe that have received the “Level 3 Emergency” designation from the United Nations — a mark reserved for only the most serious humanitarian situations.

Those countries, all active conflict zones, are Syria, South Sudan, Iraq and last, but not to be forgotten — the Central African Republic.

The humanitarian situation

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Violents combats à Bangui, République centrafricaine : MSF reçoit 31 nouveaux blessés à l'Hôpital Général

De nouveaux combats ont éclaté aujourd’hui dans la capitale de la République centrafricaine à la suite de troubles dans le quartier PK5, où quelques 2 200 musulmans sont encore enclavés. Des miliciens locaux ont affrontés les forces internationales présentes à Bangui.

L’équipe MSF basée à l'Hôpital Général a reçu 31 blessés en une seule journée et travaille dur pour faire face à l'afflux massif de blessés. L’équipe a également envoyé certains patients à l'Hôpital Communautaire.

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RCA : l’ONU se félicite des progrès sur le plan politique

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UN Radio

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A l’occasion d’une réunion du Conseil de sécurité mardi sur la situation en République centrafricaine (RCA), le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général dans ce pays, Babacar Gaye, s’est félicité des progrès enregistrés au cours des dernières semaines sur le plan politique et a exhorté la communauté internationale à continuer de soutenir le pays à sortir de la crise.

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Central African Republic: Red Cross volunteer killed in Bangui

Geneva/Bangui – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply shocked by the death in Bangui today of Bienvenu Bandios, a Central African Red Cross volunteer, who was hit by a bullet while evacuating casualties in the "km 5" zone of the capital.

Bienvenu, who had served as a Red Cross driver and first-aid worker for five years, was open-minded, cheerful, motivated and always ready to help others.

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Un volontaire de la Croix-Rouge tué à Bangui

Genève / Bangui – Le Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge est profondément choqué par la mort de Bienvenu Bandios, volontaire de la Croix-Rouge centrafricaine, décédé mercredi 20 août 2014, à Bangui, après avoir été touché par une balle alors qu’il procédait à l’évacuation de blessés dans le secteur du km 5.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 21 – August 27, 2014

  • Increased rains observed in West Africa during the past observation period.

  • Consistent heavy rains triggered flooding, destroyed houses, and thousands of displaced people in Sudan.

1) Inadequate rainfall distribution since early June has delayed planting and negatively affected crop development in northeastern Nigeria. Although an increase in rainfall was observed recently, continued favorable rainfall amounts are needed to overcome long-term deficits.

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Heavy fighting in Bangui: MSF receives 31 wounded people at the General Hospital

Renewed fighting has flared up following unrest in the PK5 neighbourhood in Bangui, where some 2,200 Muslims are still living in an enclave. Local militiamen have clashed with the international forces present in Bangui.

The MSF team based in the General Hospital have received 31 wounded in a single day and are working hard to deal with the high influx of patients. Our teams have been stretched to their limits and were forced to refer some patients to the city’s Hopital Communautaire.

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Centrafrique: affrontements à Bangui entre soldats français et individus armés

08/20/2014 14:05 GMT

BANGUI, 20 août 2014 (AFP) - Des heurts ont éclaté mardi soir à Bangui entre soldats français de la force européenne Eufor et des individus armés, et se sont poursuivis mercredi matin, a-t-on appris de sources concordantes.

"Nos éléments qui patrouillaient mardi soir au PK5 (quartier musulman du 3ème arrondissement) ont été la cible d'attaques verbales puis de tirs provenant d'individus armés. Ils ont riposté à ces attaques et des heurts ont suivi", a déclaré à l'AFP une source proche de la force européenne.

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Secretary-General, marking World Humanitarian Day, honours aid workers, pledges commitment to end impunity for attacks on staff and offices

SG/SM/16090
IHA/1343
OBV/1365

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks at the event marking World Humanitarian Day, in New York today:

Eleven years ago today, a massive truck bomb tore through United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. The blast killed 22 people, including Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello. The Canal Hotel attack violated every principle of humanity and solidarity on which this Organization is founded.

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New peacekeeping operation in Central African Republic expected to reach deployment capability by 15 September, Security Council told

Security Council
7246th Meeting (PM)
SC/11527

Configuration Committee Chair Also Briefs Members On Transition from Special Political to Multidimensional Mission

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic would most likely reach its initial deployment capability when the transfer of authority from the African Union-led support mission occurred on 15 September, the Security Council heard today.

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More than 100 children released from armed groups in Central African Republic over past week

One hundred and three children age 8 to 17 were released over the past week from armed groups in Bangui following negotiations with armed group leaders.

The 103 children, 13 of whom are girls, were associated with the anti-Balaka armed groups operating mainly in Bangui and in the western part of CAR, who took up arms in retaliation for attacks from ex-Seleka forces in the last year and a half of violence.

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Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).