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Reference : V-P-CF-E-00726
Date : 12/12/2012
Caption : Ndélé, near the airfield. A water distribution point put in place by the ICRC for displaced people.
Photographer : SYNENKO, Alyona
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : On Monday, December 10th , 2012, Ndélé in the North of the Central African Republic was attacked by armed men. The town that was once a brisk commerce visited by traders from neighboring Chad and Sudan suddenly became deserted, as people fled their homes to escape violence.

ICRC website

04/01/2013 Operational Update

Central African Republic: aid continues in Bangui and north

Displaced people in the north of the Central African Republic are beginning to return to their homes. Elsewhere, however, things remain difficult for thousands of people still displaced.

In the capital Bangui, anxiety is acute. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues to work closely with the Central African Red Cross Society to help people across the country who have been affected by the fighting.

In the northern town of Ndélé, life is beginning to return to normal as people emerge from the bush and go back to the homes they fled amid fighting in recent weeks. "Ndélé's market, for example, is running again," said Arnaud de Baecque, deputy head of the ICRC delegation. "But there's still an air of uncertainty across the country."

Though most of the town's people are back in their homes, there remain almost a thousand whom the ICRC is supplying with drinking water. Some families whose menfolk have not yet returned and who have no farmland also need food aid. In the coming days, a further thousand displaced people in Kaga Bandoro will receive essential hygiene items and blankets.

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