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"Unless security is re-established, medicines and health equipment cannot be replaced and many of those in urgent need will not be helped. The situation requires our urgent attention so that more lives are not lost," said United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos who, along with European Commissioner for aid and crisis response, Kristalina Georgieva, visited communities affected by violence in Central African Republic (CAR).
According to the United Nations (UN), the violence that erupted in December 2012 when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks in the country has left more than 1.6 million people in need of "urgent assistance" out of a total population of 4.6 million people. Despite a peace accord signed in January, known as the Libreville Agreements, the rebels again seized Bangui, the capital city, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.
Since then, the inability of the CAR transitional government headed by Michel Nondokro Djotodia to re-establish the rule of law has prevented the international aid from reaching the affected people. The international community needs to do more, said Ms Georgieva, stressing this is a question of life or death for "an estimated 35 per cent of the population." So far, the European Union has pledged EUR 20 million in aid.
On July 11, the new top envoy for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Central African Republic (CAR), General Babacar Gaye, shared a similar assessment of the situation and listed four priority axes while landing in Bangui: restoration of security throughout the national territory, respect for human rights, humanitarian assistance and the re-launch of political dialogue.
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