Central African Republic (CAR) Situation Report No. 33 (as of 10 July 2014)

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 10 Jul 2014

Highlights

  • Clashes in and around the St. Joseph IDP site in Bambari killed an estimated 26 people, injured 35 and displaced thousands of IDPs.

  • Thirty-four people were injured in a grenade attack on a mosque in Paoua.

  • The latest figures show 105,300 IDPs in Bangui, down 4.3 per cent compared with last week.

  • According to UNHCR, more than 145,000 people from CAR became refugees in neighbouring countries between 5 December 2013 and 29 June 2014.

  • Reported security incidents in June increased 14 per cent compared with May.

Situation Overview

The security situation in Bambari (Ouaka Province) deteriorated during the reporting period following clashes between armed groups in and around the St. Joseph IDP site on 7 July. According to preliminary casualty figures from the CAR Red Cross, 26 people were killed and 35 injured. This IDP site was home to about 10,000 IDPs over the past few weeks, but it is now empty. Latrines and showers that were installed at the site have been destroyed, and the majority of these IDPs are now seeking refuge in other sites. Assessments are under way to identify needs and ensure life-saving assistance to affected people.

On 4 July, a grenade was thrown into a mosque in Paoua (Ouham Pende Province) during prayer time. On 8 July, the Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Claire Bourgeois, issued a communique condemning both incidents and calling on all parties involved to respect the protection of civilians while restoring peace, security and social cohesion in the country. According to an OCHA incident density analysis, 184 violent incidents were recorded in May and June, with an increase from 86 to 98 in June.

The Commission on Population Movement reports a new estimate of 105,300 IDPs in Bangui. This reflects a continuing downward trend over the past week, with a reduction of 4.3 per cent from 110,000 IDPs the previous week. The M’Poko airport site continues to hold the largest number of IDPs in the city (37,400), pending the opening of new relocation sites.

According to UNHCR, between 5 December 2013 and 29 June 2014, more than 145,000 people from CAR became refugees in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and the Republic of Congo. The majority of these people (107,800) are seeking refuge in Cameroon.

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