Central African Republic: Action Against Hunger suspends part of its activities in Basse-Kotto

A man pushes his bicycle on a road in front of a Minusca convoy around Bangassou, January 3, 2021. (Illustrative image) AFP - ALEXIS HUGUET

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This decision follows the attack on an NGO vehicle in which four Central African employees of Action Against Hunger and a local official were injured.

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The attack took place on April 7 in the Basse-Kotto prefecture, more than 500 km east of Bangui, in an area where the rebel group Unite for Peace in the Central African Republic is fighting. (UPC) and the Central African army supported by Russian paramilitaries, " 

instructors 

" according to Moscow, " 

mercenaries 

" from the private Russian company

Wagner

according to the UN and the European Union.

The NGO's teams were victims " 

of an attack by armed men while they were driving 

" and four of its "

employees 

" as well as a local health official " 

were injured 

", explains Action against hunger.

Its director in the Central African Republic, Jean-Baptiste Charmetant, claims not to know who the attackers were.

One of the employees " 

wounded by a gunshot had to be evacuated to Bangui 

" but " 

his life is not in danger 

," the statement said.

In a press release, Action Against Hunger announces that it will suspend “ 

part of its activities 

” in the area until it obtains “ 

guarantees for the security 

” of its teams, she said.

The NGO, which claims to provide health care to nearly 4,000 children and pregnant women, is temporarily stopping its activities of " 

mobile clinics

 " and " 

reinforcing access to drinking water

 " and calls on "

 all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law 

”.

⚠️ An armed group attacked our teams driving in the Basse-Kotto prefecture in #Central Africa 🇨🇫: 5 injured.



We strongly condemn this attack which forces us to suspend part of our activities in the region.https://t.co/ghIAgwVscH

— ActionContreLaHunger (@ACF_France) April 15, 2022

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