Bangui — Several hundred people have fled their homes since armed men attacked Ndélé, a town of 20,000 inhabitants in northern Central African Republic, on 10 December.
"Some people have left their homes entirely," explained Georgios Georgantas, head of the ICRC delegation in the Central African Republic. "Others have stayed but spend only a few hours there each day, as they are afraid of further violence. All those who have a hand in determining the fate of civilians, detainees and the wounded must do everything in their power to make sure they're spared."
The ICRC has trucked water to some 300 people who have sought refuge in makeshift shelters around the base of the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the Central African Republic. ICRC staff have also helped bury mortal remains. The organization is currently one of the only humanitarian agencies still operating in the town.
"We're keeping a very close eye on how events unfold so we can respond to people's needs as they arise," said Mr Georgantas. "We're talking to all those present on the ground in Ndélé."