She was killed in an ambush set up by armed men during a transfer of patients to a referral medical structure.
An accompanying patient was ambushed by armed men while transferring patients to a referral medical facility on June 24 in Batangafo in the northwest of the country. Two other patients and a humanitarian worker were injured in the attack. A situation strongly condemned by Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic. “This attack is unacceptable, especially since humanitarian workers were responding to the needs of people in distress and were attacked in the exercise of their strictly humanitarian mission. Humanitarians are neutral and attacking them is more than criminal and harms the population. I offer my condolences to the family of the victim, his relatives and express my compassion to Médecins sans frontières (MSF). Civilians and humanitarian personnel must be respected and protected ”, said the Humanitarian Coordinator. During their displacement, aid workers were clearly identified in accordance with the usual practice of the humanitarian community. Attacks against civilians and aid workers became generalized from the end of 2020, accompanied by serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including killings, looting, attacks on health facilities, forced displacement and occupations. of schools. 727,000 people are currently displaced in the country, a level not reached since 2014. This outbreak of violence has also exacerbated the humanitarian needs that humanitarians are dedicated to responding to in extremely difficult conditions. “Every time humanitarians are attacked, millions of vulnerable people see their survival threatened in the event of withdrawal or suspension of activities due to insecurity” Ms. Denise Brown explained. In 2020, the Central African Republic was the most dangerous country for humanitarian workers in the world. This year, the situation unfortunately does not bode well for improvement. As of May 31, 229 incidents have affected humanitarians, or at least one incident every day, including one death and 11 injured.
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