In the Central African Republic, the security situation remains unstable as the country awaits the final results of the presidential election. The armed coalition remains active on the ground, the fighting taking place on Thursday, especially in Bouar and Grimari. As a result of this uncertainty, travel is complicated in the country.
as reported from Bangui, Charlotte Cosset
At the border of the Garoua Boulai post, carriers and individuals are stuck. Among them, Abi Ngomateke. He came from Douala to join Bangui by road.
“I have been here for ten days. I’m stuck and I’m not the only one there are thousands of people stuck. We took a room in the hotel but we are at the end of it, we have no more money, we had not planned to stay here! So we end up outside like trampling, that’s all. I am stressed, sad and without a solution. ”
Within the country, travel is also made very difficult. The roads are unsafe. Petit Delphin Kotto, representative of civil society, went to Pissa yesterday, 70 kilometers from Bangui, for his activities …
“The road was really calm, no vehicles passed. We set off on motorcycles. People were not in the city, they were in the bush because the attackers, the rebels are everywhere. There was psychosis. The other axes are not easy at the moment: the Bouali axis is not easy, the Damara axis is not so easy, so we are there, we are waiting. “
These imposed travel restrictions have significant consequences for people’s lives, agriculture and trade. The most visible impact is the rise in food prices.
■ The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is concerned about the situation in the Central African Republic
Violence during the electoral process forced tens of thousands of people to flee the country or neighboring countries (DRC Chad Congo and Cameroon). In a statement, the UNHCR said it was “concerned about reports of human rights violations in the CAR” and deplored the difficult access for its teams in the country to get these displaced people in need of help and asks neighboring governments to continue to help them.
Romain Desclous, UNHCR spokesman for West and Central Africa