News in the Humanosphere: Ceasefire does not stop fighting in Central African Republic

Child in a rebel camp in the north-eastern Central African Republic Credits: Pierre Holtz/ UNICEF CAR

Despite a peace agreement signed this week between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and different political and military groups active in the country, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are witnessing renewed fighting today in the town of Bria, in the east of the country, amid ongoing tensions elsewhere. Violence flared as international donors were meeting in the capital today to discuss funding urgently needed humanitarian efforts. The latest fighting in Bria comes after clashes in the town a month ago that led to the displacement of 41,000 people out of a total of 47,000 inhabitants. Left with little assistance, most have not returned home: about 6,000 people sleep overnight in the hospital compound, while about 25,000 stay at a site called PK3, near a UN base. MSF teams in Bangassou and Alindao also reported gunfire. (MSF

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