Mercy Corps and other international organizations believe the situation is not hopeless, but that it’s at a critical tipping point that demands immediate action
Bangui, Central African Republic (PRWEB)
August 29, 2017
The global organization Mercy Corps reports that its team members are no longer able to access programming in the villages of Nièm and Yéléwa in Central African Republic as local militias have gained authority and created extremely unsafe working environments for humanitarians – and even more dangerous conditions for the families living there. An estimated 30,000 people live in the two villages.
The curtailing of operations highlights a worsening crisis that has blocked humanitarian access in CAR and in some cases driven out aid groups all together. Nearly half of the country’s population is dependent on humanitarian aid to survive.
“Humanitarians simply aren’t mandated to cover gaps that demand a military response,” says Rodolphe Moinaux, Central African Republic Country Director for Mercy Corps. “Mercy Corps and other international organizations believe the situation is not hopeless, but that it’s at a critical tipping point that demands immediate action.”
Mercy Corps joins other organizations working in CAR to implore the United Nations and the United States to take immediate action to increase engagement in CAR and assist aid groups, in partnership with institutions such as the World Bank and European Union.
A recent statement from the aid community warned that the momentum toward peace and stability after the 2016 elections is quickly dissipating. “The risk of mass atrocities…