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Rebel advance endangers civilians in Central African Republic
Children in Bocaranga, Central African Republic
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC
Editor's note - Jan. 9, 2012: The IRC today reopened its office in Bocaranga, in the Central African Republic's northwestern highlands. The IRC office in the capital, Bangui, reopened on Monday. We are working to restore programs in the remaining locations, including an office in Kaga Bandoro looted during the recent violence. The situation remains tense in the country as peace talks between the government, the rebel alliance and opposition parties begin in Gabon.
December 31, 2012 - The International Rescue Committee is concerned about the safety of civilians in the Central African Republic as allied rebel groups march on the capital city, Bangui.
The IRC started working in the Central African Republic in 2006 to provide vital assistance for thousands of people uprooted by a long-running civil war.
The current insurgency, which began three weeks ago, has cut off access to people in need and forced the IRC to temporarily suspend its programs in the country. These programs include health services, provision of clean water and sanitation, assistance for victims of sexual violence, training in job skills and small business development, and economic recovery initiatives.
While four international staff members have been evacuated as a precaution, local IRC teams continue to monitor the humanitarian situation in the country and are prepared to resume operations as soon as possible.
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