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Thousands of CAR victims on the move again

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Central African RepublicFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – SOME 700 internally displaced households that had sought refugee from the United Nations base in Central African Republic  (CAR) have been relocated.
They are among over 20 000 people that required safety at the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR base after the
Muslim ex-Séléka terror group attacked their homes in 2016.
One of the blocs constituting the provisional camp borders an airstrip (Bloc One) and another (Bloc Nine) was near the fuel depot, exposing
residents to health risks.
Bloc One has also complicated the landing and take-off of planes, forcing humanitarian aviation operators to suspend flights.
It gravely affected surrounding communities and humanitarian efforts by preventing the adequate implementation of programmes and the evacuation of serious medical cases.
This has prompted the relocations by International Office of Migration (IOM), the UN migration agency, and the UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs.
“The dangerous position of Blocs One and Nine made it very clear to IOM and CAR’s humanitarian team that everyone must be urgently relocated to a safer location,” said IOM CAR Chief of Mission, Jean-François Aguilera.
Relocated households have received US$44 (R632) each as well as non-food item kits.
CAR is experiencing a resurgence of violence and faces the risk of a repeat of the devastating crisis that beset the country four years ago.
The numbers of internally displaced persons and refugees in neighbouring
countries have dramatically increased over the past few months.
CAJ News

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