COOPI supports the appeal launched by Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. On 18th July 2017, he concluded a three day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) with a call to the international community to sustain support to avert the risk of a repeat of the devastating large scale crisis that gripped the country only four years ago.
While acknowledging the tremendous efforts made since the peak of the crisis in 2014, Mr. O’Brien expressed extreme concern at the upsurge of violence in CAR since the beginning of 2017.
The UN Humanitarian chief reminded all “parties to the conflict of their obligation under international law to protect civilians and to ensure that their basic needs are met”. Indeed, while in Bangassou, he witnessed the dire conditions in which some 2,000 internally displace people (IDPs) from minorities are confined at the local catholic church.
“Attacks on religious or ethnic grounds constitute a serious setback in CAR. And end has to be put to these unacceptable acts in order to give peace a chance. I appeal to all parties to engage without any further dialogue and in rebuilding lives of people today and for future generations” He urged. “The UN is here to help, not be a target, or hinder political engagement just use words and dialogue, not weapons, violence or discrimination” he added.