The rise in sudden attacks since June has resulted in more than 40,000 people leaving their homes in the eastern province of Haute-Kotto. Due to the ongoing conflict between armed groups in the region’s capital, Bria, the area has been mostly emptied.
Reports from humanitarian group the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) state that there are now in total 100,000 refugees in the eastern part of the country. The mining town of Bria has lost almost 90% of its population because of death and displacement.
One refugee, Fatimatou Sai, states, “We are worried about the situation in the city, and we call the humanitarian community to support the organisations already in the area to assist us.”
A NRC staff member describes the current condition of refugees. “Those 43,000 displaced persons live in dire conditions since the beginning of this crisis. Lack of access to health services, drinking water and adequate shelters are some of the issues that worsened with the conflict”
CAR is one of the poorest nations in the world and this current conflict has been ongoing since 2013. The main armed groups involved are the Seleka rebels and the Anti-Balaka militia.
According to the UN’s refugee agency there are over half a million displaced people in the entire country.