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WFP - CAR Situation Report #31

Situation Update

  • On 23 January, WFP security officers left Bangui and travelled to the border to meet with Cameroonian authorities and drivers. Following days of discussion, some trucks agreed to cross the border with WFP and MISCA escort; on 27 January, 60 commercial trucks arrived in Bangui, of which only 10 carrying WFP food stocks. The majority of commercial trucks (including those carrying WFP food) continue to refuse to cross the Cameroonian border. WFP is planning an airlift to avoid the suspension of assistance to IDPs and groups in need.
  • In Bangui, fatal incidents are reported daily. The last week witnessed grenade attacks, violent demonstrations, and clashes involving militias as well as local tribes (Peuhl). Civilians and one MISCA officer have been killed as well as militia members. Criminality and car-jackings are on the rise. There is a high level of fear and tension.
  • Outside Bangui, the situation remains tense. Intense clashes were reported this week (Bouar, Bossangoa, Bambari, Bimbo, Boali, Sibut, Bozoum). The WFP security mission which traveled from Bangui to the border with Cameroon (along the Boali-Bossembele axis and Bouar), observed a high number of unofficial checkpoints, heavy presence of militia, villages deserted and few civilians.
  • On 20 January, the national transitional council elected Bangui Mayor Samba-Panza as interim President.
World Food Programme
Original Publication Date: 
27 Jan 2014
Document type: 
Situation Report
Central African Republic
Lord's Resistance Army