Increased insecurity in Batangafo, CAR, cuts civilians from humanitarian aidDanish Refugee Council (DRC) is deeply concerned by the loss of access to humanitarian assistance for the vulnerable civilian population in Batangafo in the Central African Republic due to the unacceptable levels of violence against humanitarian NGOs.
Around 8 PM on Thursday September 7, the Danish Refugee Council’s compound in Batangafo was attacked and pillaged by armed men. This attack followed a security incident earlier in the day involving another INGO, during which an armed group killed a young man.
The use of rocket-propelled grenades, the violent nature of the attack and the threats made against INGO staff forced most organizations present in Batangafo to evacuate all expatriate and non-local staff. The attack also led to pillaging of INGOs and dispersion of the already displaced population.
“We remain very concerned by the general deterioration of security in the Central African Republic. The Danish Refugee Council continues our activities elsewhere in the country and will explore opportunities as to how we can best resume assistance to the affected population in Batangafo. Out thoughts are with them,” says Martine Villeneuve, DRC Country Director in CAR.
The Danish Refugee Council regrets profoundly the negative consequences of this forced evacuation for the vulnerable civilian population of Batangafo as they will remain without access to humanitarian assistance. Faced with direct threats against its employees, the Danish Refugee Council had to leave to protect their lives, and wishes to stress that this attack constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law.