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In the Central African Republic, the city of Bouar in the eastern part of the country was the site of violent clashes on 9 and 17 January. The arrival of armed elements from the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the city created uncertainty and blocked some economic activity. However, some businesses are open in the city and cash is difficult to circulate, which has implications for the daily lives of the population.

With our special correspondent in Bouar, Charlotte Cosset

It is now almost impossible to receive money in Bouar in the eastern part of the Central African Republic. “All banking and business is paralyzed because of uncertainty,” explains Josué Sossor, secretary general of the Nana-Mambéré prefecture. And they are sued so they can not open their doors. Since the December salary and so far, officials have not had their salary. That is the difficulty we are thinking about right now: how to make ends meet next month ”.

Siriri radio faces the same difficulty. Martial Wago, the manager, can not pay his sixteen employees. “Working as normal is difficult because you do not know what to do,” he explains. No receipts on the radio. All we have is 10,000 CFA francs (15 euros). Which makes this a problem. And above all, it means that for the month we did not receive anything. We do not know how to pay for the month of February ”.

Central African Republic: the plagued nights of displaced people in Bouar

These two friends who work in a construction company came for a beer, but today they do not pay. “All the banks here are closed. Everything is blocked. Since it is a common place and we often come for a beer here, we got a beer for the situation, they say. It’s on credit ”.

Despite the difficult circulation of cash, businesses are slowly reopening in the city. In a press release published on Tuesday, January 26, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns on the situation of displaced persons in Bouar. The High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has more than 8,000 displaced people living in extremely insecure conditions. MSF, which is currently one of the only humanitarian actors on the ground, calls for an “effective and coordinated” humanitarian effort.


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