AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA – Accidental fire destroys refugee camp near Alindao Cathedral

AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA – Accidental fire destroys refugee camp near Alindao Cathedral

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) – About 1,500 houses destroyed by the flames and significant material damage to other structures, about twenty people have been hospitalized. This is the assessment of the violent fire which ravaged the refugee camp of the Catholic Church “Galileo” on January 11, in the center of Alindao, a town 500 km east of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Galileo is the largest displaced persons site in the city of Alindao, located inside the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Alindao. It is currently sheltering displaced persons from Basse-Kotto fleeing the abuses of Ali Darass’s UPC.
4,803 people have been left homeless, in need of food, water and basic necessities, according to what Anita Cadonau, communication officer for the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs in Africa, told AFP. central (OCHA).
Authorities said the fire was accidental. The structure had suffered a new fire on February 12, 2020 and had been attacked several times by rebels (see Fides 17/11/2018 and 3/12/2018).
Since the start of the civil war in 2013, hundreds of thousands of people have fled the fighting.
At the beginning of 2022, according to the latest OCHA report, the Central African Republic had more than 670,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 741,000 refugees in neighboring countries. (LM) (Agenzia Fides, 01/13/2022)


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