Bangui, November 5th, 2017 – Najat Rochdi, the Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack by armed men that killed a humanitarian worker on 4 November in the North of the country. "The entire humanitarian community is horrified by the death of our colleague and urges all parties to protect civilian populations as well as humanitarian workers," urges Najat Rochdi. This act of violence is unacceptable and equally worse, it will deprive thousands of people in need of vital assistance.
Violence against humanitarian staffs, convoys and infrastructure has increased throughout the Central African Republic in recent months. High levels of conflict have also forced humanitarian actors to suspend or limit their activities on several occasions. Incidentally, the Humanitarian Coordinator recalled that "rapid and unimpeded access to the population is an essential condition for meeting the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable".
The humanitarian situation in the country remains very worrying. 2.4 million people is in need of humanitarian assistance. Central African Republic remains one of the most dangerous countries for humanitarian workers. Since the beginning of the year, 13 humanitarians have lost their lives.
The humanitarian community offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and to his colleagues. It reaffirms the will to continue its mission and its intervention to support the people of Central African Republic.
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