OCHA Flash Update 7 - Armed conflict, 13 December 2013

Situation Overview:

The security situation in CAR remains volatile and unpredictable.
Inter-community tension remains high with continuous reports of killings and looting. There was relative calm in Bangui on 13 December with even more people roaming the streets. A few businesses are operational.

Estimated impact:

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continuous to increase as violence persists. In Bangui, there are over 189,000 IDPs gathered in over 40 sites, with the highest concentration in churches, religious sites and the Bangui international airport. An estimated 32,500 of these IDPs are in host communities. So far, more than 504i people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting. Aid workers have collected 461 bodies in Bangui since 5 December and the number continues to increase.

Coordination and assessments:

During the Crisis Cell meeting on 13 December, a decision was made to roll-out the Site Facilitator program covering four IDP sites in Bangui. Three sites are located in the Boy Rabe neighborhood (one of the most affected neighborhoods in Bangui, consisting mostly of supporters of the former regime) and the Airport site. Site Facilitators will act as liaison between the humanitarian community and IDP site residents, to report on needs and response provided.

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