2 weeks after the suspension of our activities in northern Central African Republic (CAR) next to Kabo, and the evacuation of our base, a reduced team is back on the ground to prepare their redeployment.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, like 4 other NGOs present in Kabo, had to evacuate their teams due to numerous attacks by armed groups that were targeting them since early April.
“The situation in Kabo and the entire north of Ouham has been very complicated for the last few months due partly to internal tensions among the ex-Seleka. Numerous armed individuals are no longer controlled by a hierarchy. Discussions are ongoing with the different stakeholders in order to restore decent humanitarian access, and they are starting to pay off, explains Emmanuel Moy, Head of Mission in the country. The evacuation itself went well, and the valuable and coveted equipment was secured. The base wasn’t looted during our absence.”
The agricultural season must not be missed
Even though the situation on the ground remainstense, a team diminished to a couple of “essentials” was sent to check if conditions for a return of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL workers were met. “If everything goes well, we shall redeploy entirely in Kabo in the upcoming weeks. Time is running out as the planting season has begun. Yet, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has to distribute seeds to 12,000 people for the agricultural season. These people count on us. If we don’t deliver, the 2017 harvest season will be catastrophic in Kabo and the vicious circle of poverty will keep going.”
“Violence against humanitarian organizations must imperatively stop in northern CAR. We have to be able to work and ensure the assistance that inhabitants of Kabo and its surrounding depend on.”