The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported yesterday that clashes between rival militias in the Central African Republic has started up causing thousands in the area to flee their homes.
UNCHR staff reported that the conditions had begun to ease in the town of Bambari, but the atmosphere remained tense and there is fear that the situation could worsen again.
Kouassi Lazare Etien, UNHCR representative in CAR said on Thursday, “we are extremely concerned by the mounting violence in Bambari and its impact on the civilian population. Our staff have reported the displacement of people who are extremely frightened.” He then added that UNHCR are also worried about the hundreds of Sudanese refugees who are “trapped in a refugee camp [near Bambari] and at high risk of attacks.”
UNHCR reported that since last may more than 8,000 people had moved back to their homes in Bambari before this latest rise in violence.