The civilians of Bangassou, Central African Republic are now having to fend for themselves as the last charity agency has had to flee the violence there. The last organization that had stayed was Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). They had been violently robbed earlier this week and finally decided that they had to protect the lives of their workers. When they closed shop, nearly 500,000 people in the area depended on them for medical help. They also had more than 50 people in dire need of surgery in the clinic. They now moved to the capital and are unsure when they will be able to return to the field. The civil War in CAR has cost the lives of countless people and made nearly twenty percent of the population flee or become IDPs.
2017-11-24 CAR (AllAfrica) “Leaving the population utterly abandoned is a painful admission.”
Four patients have died and thousands are stranded without healthcare in an embattled Central African Republic town, after an attack forced the last charity working there to pull out.
The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has evacuated its staff and suspended its programmes after its base in Bangassou was violently robbed on Monday night, it said.
“This was a really tough decision for us, but we cannot put the lives of our staff on the line,” MSF’s head of mission Frederic Lai Manantsoa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Leaving the population utterly abandoned is a painful admission.”
The southeastern diamond-mining town, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, has witnessed some of the deadliest clashes this year between rival militias, as violence has escalated throughout the country.
Thousands have died and a fifth of Central Africans have fled a conflict that broke out after mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013, provoking a backlash from Christian militias.
Half a million people in the region depended on MSF for health services and more than 50 urgently needed surgery or were in intensive care when doctors and nurses left them in the hospital, MSF said. Four patients have already died, it said.
Manantsoa said the evacuated staff are in the capital Bangui and he does not know when they will return to Bangassou.