UN: UN condemns attacks on relief workers in Central African Republic

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday condemned the recent attacks on humanitarian workers in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, located in the Nana Gribizi prefecture in the Central African Republic (CAR).

OCHA, in a statement made available to PANA in New York, stated: "Violence against aid workers is a serious breach of international humanitarian law."

According to the UN agency, during the month of September, some 15 attacks were recorded with instances where armed men broke into the premises of international organizations.

Highlighting the negative impact of such violence, particularly on vulnerable populations that are still in dire need of humanitarian aid, OCHA deplored the deterioration in the protection of civilians, stating that the attacks came amid a situation when humanitarian funding for the African country is at its lowest.

"To date, 2.3 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance, with only the US$532 million of the humanitarian appeal funded," it said, noting that "with the increasing needs in the country, a little investment in the humanitarian action is necessary to save lives and alleviate suffering."
-0- PANA AA/VAO 27Sept2016

27 september 2016 17:50:05




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