30 people were killed in recent clashes between forces in the Central African Republic. This included 6 Red Cross Workers who were in the country to attend a crisis meeting. This is the third such attack on Red Cross volunteers this year alone. Not only have the humanitarian workers been targeted, but also those that they are trying to help as well. The groups have killed enemies that were in health facilities and being taken care of by these volunteers. This type of violence is barbaric and inhumane.
08/10/2017 C.A.R. (ABCNews) – Clashes between a militia and a self-defense group in southeastern Central African Republic have left at least 30 civilians dead including six Red Cross volunteers who were attending a crisis meeting at a health facility, officials said Wednesday.
The violence took place late last week in the town of Gambo, which is about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Bangassou, a town that has been a flashpoint amid the upsurge of bloodshed in the long chaotic country.
“We are appalled by the news of the death of our fellow volunteers,” said Antoine Mbao-Bogo, president of the Central African Red Cross. “We call on all parties to take steps to spare the civilian population, and to respect all humanitarian workers.”
The deaths marked the third such attack on the Red Cross this year, officials said. Many humanitarian workers have been blocked from doing their work, and militants also have tried to kill wounded enemies in public health facilities.
The violence late last week also underscored the deepening conflict in and around Bangassou, where at least nine U.N. peacekeepers have been killed this year alone. Observers warn that the sectarian violence that erupted in 2013 in Central African Republic’s capital has now moved into the southeast, prompting warnings of a national conflict roaring back to life.
Local authorities blamed the Gambo fighting on a faction of the mostly Muslim rebel group once known as Seleka — fighters who now call themselves the UPC. The militants battled against a self-defense group that has arisen in the area in a bid to ward off the UPC and other armed fighters. At times the UPC fighters shot arrows to kill their victims, local authorities said.