UN: UN expresses concern over attacks on relief workers in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday voiced concern at the resurgence of attacks against humanitarian workers in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR).

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the African country, there were 336 attacks against humanitarian workers in 2016, 56.8 per cent of them robberies and burglaries.

It stated that five humanitarian workers were killed in 2016 in the line of duty.

It recalled that a total of 24 have been killed since 2013.

"These attacks occur as humanitarian crises multiply in several prefectures with an alarming increase in the number of displaced.

"Humanitarian action has no other purpose than to save lives and attacking the humanitarian community is tantamount to attacking the most vulnerable populations, those who need often vital assistance," OCHA noted.

It disclosed that during the last quarter of 2016, the outbreaks of violence displaced more than 70,000 people.

It also said in some areas humanitarian workers cannot reach the displaced who are hidden in the bush due to insecurity.

According to OCHA: "The most negative impact of the reduction of humanitarian space is felt by the most deprived."

It said that the humanitarian appeal of US$532 million has been "poorly" funded, with only 34 per cent of the target met.

"In 2017, about 2.2 million, or nearly half of the 4.6 million people in the country, will be in need of humanitarian aid," it added.

OCHA further expressed hope that it will be able to reach all of them, but the situation for security and financing must improve in order to achieve the desired objective.
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30 december 2016 07:10:38

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