Central African Republic: Again fierce fighting

People flee the armed clashes between rebel groups and government soldiers in the Bossembélé area to the hospital grounds of the German aid organization Cap Anamur / Deutsche Not-Ärzte e.V.

 

December 28, 2020

The elections could take place on 27 December, but not in all places. Thus, in Bossembélé and Yaloke, where Cap Anamur runs medical facilities, no elections took place due to the precarious situation.

Even at Christmas, we treated about 40 injured people in the Bossembélé hospital who were affected by the acute fighting.

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December 22, 2020

Today we received a large food delivery for the protection seekers at the Cap Anamur hospital in Bossembélé,. In addition to medical care, one of our tasks in such crisis situations is to provide people with food.

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December 20, 2020

Since yesterday, about 1,500 people who fled the armed clashes between the rebel groups and the government soldiers are at the Cap Anamur hospital compound. The people seeking protection are being provided with food by our staff on site.

Among those who have fled are also injured people who need medical attention.

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Presidential elections are scheduled for the end of this year in the Central African Republic. In addition to current President Faustin Archange Touadéra, other candidates also declared to run for office.

Among others, the former President François Bozizé, who was deposed in 2013, also aimed to run as presidential candidate. But his candidacy was rejected by the Electoral Commission. Because of this rejection, Francois Bozizé synergized with former military and rebel groups and is currently marching towards the capital Bangui. It is his intention to prevent the presidential elections on December 27th from taking place. Instead a transitional government should be formed, in which he wants to be involved in.

In the villages of Yaloké and Bossembélé, about 200 kilometers from Bangui, Cap Anamur / German Emergency Doctors e.V. operates two hospitals.

In this region the fighting between rebel groups and government soldiers has increased since Thursday December 17th. Both villages were captured by rebel groups today 18th December. Many villagers fled with their families because of the armed conflicts. Several hundred people have also fled to the hospital grounds of Cap Anamur to protect themselves from the attacks. The project staff from Cap Anamur on site is currently coordinating

the supply of these people. They are in direct contact with the project coordinator in the office in Cologne/Germany.