Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 April 2009

Central African Republic / Resumption of armed hostilities between Government and rebel forces

 


 

Central African Republic / Resumption of armed hostilities between Government and rebel forces

 

BANGUI, Central African Republic, April 1, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

 

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says a resumption of armed hostilities between Government and rebel forces is dampening hopes for an end to a decade-old humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic.  The fighting has displaced some 24,000 people since January, including some 9,200 new refugees in neighbouring Chad.  This cuts short a recent wave of refugee returns begun in the wake of a national reconciliation effort which led to an all-party dialogue in December.  A total of 300,000 Central African nationals are now living as refugees across the region.

 

Meanwhile, only 22 per cent of a required $116 million in an OCHA-led appeal has been pledged or disbursed.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 


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