Daily press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 6 July 2022 – Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan – Afghanistan

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Central African Republic

Moving a little further east to the Central African Republic, our peacekeeping colleagues there tell us that the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) stepped in to protect civilians caught in the clashes between the Central African armed forces and the Union for Peace rebel group, and which takes place in the prefecture of Basse-Kotto. The violence erupted following an attack on an armed forces base in Dimbi, which forced more than 500 civilians to flee to a nearby school. Blue Helmets provided protection. The Mission also used heavy machine guns to repel the attackers from the town. The situation is now reported as calm, although peacekeepers remain in position and reinforcements have been dispatched to ensure continued security.

Democratic Republic of Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Joint Human Rights Office has just published its monthly report (in French). It documents an overall 8% increase in abuses and violations in May compared to the previous month, that is, in April, with two-thirds of cases attributed to armed groups and one-third to law enforcement agents. ‘State. The sharp increase in conflict-related sexual violence since April is very worrying, with 89 women reportedly affected, an increase of 117%. Armed combatants were identified as the main perpetrators, and state actors were also responsible for some of the incidents. The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) continues to work closely with local authorities to prevent and respond to human rights abuses and violations, and to support its good offices and its technical assistance to support the prosecution of authors. and contribute to ending impunity.

Afghanistan

From Afghanistan, 27,000 people have been displaced following recent fighting in Balkhab district, Sar-e-Pul province, in the north of the country. Our partners are preparing to deliver food and other supplies to over 10,000 people in Balkhab. Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that families have fled to neighboring northern provinces and to Bamyan province in the central highlands. In Bamyan, our teams say there are more than 6,000 internally displaced people, and we and our partners will provide people with food, healthcare, education and psychosocial support, as well as cash assistance and other supplies. Also in Afghanistan today, flash floods were reported in Logar, Ghazni, Paktya and Maidan Wardak provinces. Early reports say recent flash floods have killed six people, damaged hundreds of homes and destroyed farmland. We work with our partners [and] tomorrow will carry out an assessment in the province of Logar to see exactly what the needs will be.

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