Europe Peace Foundation Press Statement on Central African Republic
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Madrid. According to the report, surging violence in Central African Republic has killed hundreds and forced some 88,000 people to flee their homes since the beginning of the month. 68,000 people were internally displaced while more than 20,000 were forced to flee into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Over the last three weeks, fighting between Christian and Muslim militias has resulted in displacements within the three prefectures of Bria, Bangassou and Basse-Kotto. In Bria alone, more than 41,000 people have been displaced.
On May 13, at least 108 people were slaughtered and 76 injured during the attack by several hundred fighters on Bangassou, a town near the DRC border. Humanitarian access to many areas in CAR remains severely restricted as a result of the security situation.
More than 40 percent of children are suffering from chronic malnutrition, one in seven will die before they turn five, and a third are out of school.
The Europe Peace Foundation welcomed the significant role of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in stabilizing the country, promoting peace and reconciliation, building the capacity of State institutions and advancing the inclusive dialogue with the armed groups in that context, among other efforts.
The government of Central African Republic must work together with all national actors and institutions within the constitutional framework, and in full respect of the human rights and fundamental freedoms, to address the many challenges the country is facing.
The Europe Peace Foundation calls on all parties to find common ground and end the violence.
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