BANGUI (LNC) –Almost 15% of the population of the capital of Centrafric, trapped in one of more than 65 camps for internally displaced people, listed by UNICEF in the city. On this 5 December 2014, was born the most important and unhealthy camp of Bangui.
THE BATTLE OF BANGUI FROM 5 TO 8 OF DECEMBER 2014
Soon in the morning of the 5 December 2014, coordinated attacks by ANTI-BALAKA militia (that we shall know later, having been planned by Centrafrican Armed Forces (FACA) former officers loyal to Bozizé) target three places: the Kassaï military camp, the Parliament, and the district of Boy-Rabe. At Kassaï military camp, the attack was repelled, but at Boy-Rabé, the Muslim population has been targeted for bloody attacks, and their stores were looted. A battle in the battle starts with violent fights with Séléka militiamen.
Around 9:30am, a dreadful massacre took place in the hospital “de l’Amitié” in Bangui. Séléka militiamen entered the hospital, and killed at least 8 defenceless people, amongst whom were civil servants, suspected of conniving with the ANTI-BALAKA militia; but also, to avenge their deaths..
The same day of this morning, some Seleka fighters open fire on the French positions, with one of their pick-up trying to gain entry of the perimeter of the International airport. The French retaliate, destroy the vehicle, and killed 4 of them, wounding 6 others.
Three weeks later, Red Cross will notice that there were nearly 1,000 killed in the BATTLE OF BANGUI.
Suddenly, the crisis turned up in a religious dimension.
This heavy battle of Bangui has sparked a wave of panic among citizens, forced to flee from violence, machete attacks and other guns fire, by going to seek help from nearby French troops of SANGARIS, having squatted the surroundings of the international airport to set up there, their military base. Tens of thousands people headed to over there; at the beginning on the tarmac, with only what they can carry in emergency, to improvise a huge, anarchic and unhealthy camp, where 100,000 bubbled, massed at the edges of the runways.
Ironically, this camp has an aka, “THE LEDGER OF POOR PEOPLE”, referring to the sole luxury Grand Hotel in the city, THE LEDGER PLAZA.
NGO Médecins Sans Frontières was the first to be in place to assist people at the starting. A shanty town within a city which is not less, but for the worse.
OFFICIALS MOVE AROUND WITHOUT TAKING CARE OF IT
From Catherine SAMBA-PANZA to Faustin TOUADERA, this Camp does not seem to be of their interests. Anyway, it is good to parade over there, outing such as a trip to the zoo. Touadera did not missed.
This morning, the Irish John GING, the Director of the Operational Division at OCHA paid a visit, and stated:
«my first impression is that the living conditions of displaced persons at the M’Poko site are inacceptable»;
and promised to mobilise more support to facilitate IDP returns in safety and with dignity.
So what? Since three years long, people in the camp hear regularly this kind of speech without seeing anything coming after.
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