Attacks on humanitarian vehicles in CAR are outrageous – UN


The interim UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in the Central African Republic (CAR), Dr Michel Yao strongly condemned an armed attack on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) convoy transporting medicines and fuel from the capital, Bangui, to the south-eastern city of Bangassou last week.

According to a statement issued by the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Co-ordinator (OCHA) in the Central African Republic, the head of the convoy was killed.

Yao stressed the highly precarious nature of relief work in the country and noted that humanitarian workers provide life-saving assistance to alleviate the suffering of people affected by the crisis.

Moreover, such events hinder aid delivery to those in urgent need, and prove the crucial need to ensure the protection of civilians and to respect and protect humanitarian workers in compliance with International Humanitarian Law.

On May 18, a driver employed by MSF was killed in another attack near Bossangoa, located in the north-west of the country.

Yao expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and called for an investigation into the attacks and for the perpetrators to be held accountable. He said the humanitarian community in the country remained fully committed to deliver vital assistance to all those in need.