Central African Republic Situation Regional Update #2 - 7 to 12 February 2014

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 12 Feb 2014 View Original

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The High Commissioner of UNHCR visited the Central African Republic on the 11-12 February. He said he “witnessed a humanitarian catastrophe of unspeakable proportions” and called for the international community to re-establish security, law and order for the people of the Central African Republic, as safety and security is the most urgent priority.

  • During the reporting period, close to 4,000 Central Africans fled their country into Cameroon, benefiting from returning WFP trucks headed to Garoua Boulai, escorted by the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA). According to MISCA, there are more Central Africans waiting in Bouar, hoping to go to Cameroon.

  • Security remained calm in the Republic of Congo; however border police, government authorities and UNHCR remained alert to developments in neighbouring Central African Republic.

  • Elements of the ex-Seleka arrived in Doba, southern Chad (approximately 200). The Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for the minors among this group with support from UNICEF. Chadian adults that are a part of this group will be transferred to Ndjamena where the Ministry of Justice is working closely with ICRC to determine their situation. Central African nationals have been handed over to the international community (ICRC and UNDP).

  • The continued presence of the two conflicting forces (ex-Seleka and the anti-Balaka militia) has been observed in the Basse-Kotto, Kemo-Ngribingi, and Ouaka regions of the Central African Republic. As a result, a portion of the Central African population which is predominantly composed of women and children, continued to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly to Equateur (North West) and Orientale (North East) provinces.