CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
ELEVEN KILLED IN CLASHES
Fighting erupted on 4 July between two factions of an armed group in the central town of Bambari, claiming 11 lives, including a civilian. Four civilians were also among 13 people injured in the clashes. No population displacement was reported. However, tension remains high in the town’s Muslim neighbourhoods of Bornou and Hadji. The UN peacekeeping mission MINUSCA is to conduct patrols in the two neighbourhoods.
LOW SUPPLIES HAMPER MALNUTRITION TREATMENT
In the central regions of Kanem and Bahr-elGazal, the lack of sufficient nutritional supplies has hampered the treatment of acutely malnourished children. In Kanem, 20 malnutrition treatment units out of 42 managed have run out of stock, while supplies are running low in the remaining units. The health centres are now only sensitizing mothers on healthy practices to avoid the deterioration of their children’s nutritional status.
FLOODS AFFECT OVER 1,300
More than 1,300 people have been affected by recent torrential rains that destroyed their houses in Unification Town, Dolo Town and Mambahn Kaba District in Lower Margibi county in the east of the capital Monrovia. A temporary relocation site has been identified by the authorities. The National Disaster Relief Commission has provided initial relief assistance with support from partners including UNICEF and the Liberia Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission.
DIRE NEEDS IN BORDER TOWN
A UN inter-agency assessment was conducted in late June in Banki town in the north-east of Nigeria near the Cameroonian border following reports of deaths due to starvation and dire humanitarian conditions. The town, which was formerly held by Boko Haram, hosts 15,000 internally displaced persons. Hundreds of children with acute malnutrition, 20 - 50 cases of measles and 3 - 4 deaths per day were reported by the mission which identified food, nutrition, health and water as the urgent needs. Banki is largely deserted, with only the displaced and the military present.
CIVILIANS KILLED IN RAIDS
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on 9 July raided Rann town in the north-eastern Borno State near the border with Cameroon and killed seven people. The attackers who arrived on motorcycles opened fire on homes as people were sleeping and looted food. The raid came a day after six people were killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in Damboa, also in Borno. Boko Haram gunmen continue to conduct raids in northeastern Nigeria and other localities in the Lake Chad Basin despite facing military pressure. Humanitarian organizations are urging for greater assistance to those affected by the conflict in newly-accessible areas.