SUBJ: HUMANITARIAN RELIEF..,CENTRAFRIQUE
EU To Rush Emergency Relief Supplies To Central African Republic
12/12/2013 5:20 PM ET
The European Commission has decided to rush urgent medical assistance to the Central African Republic (CAR), it was announced Thursday.
An EU press release said, a plane carrying 37 tonnes of relief supplies will leave Brussels for the CAR capital Bangui on Saturday. This new airlift operation comes on top of a humanitarian air bridge operated by the EU between Bangui and Douala (Cameroon).
"A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes in the Central African Republic. The entire population is affected - and the number of people displaced in Bangui alone has increased by 130,000 in the space of only a few days. We must get assistance to them now," said Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
"The international community, led by France, is mobilizing to address the spiral of violence that lies at the root of the humanitarian drama. On the humanitarian side, we have two immediate priorities: to mobilize as much assistance as we can - and to get it through to people who need it. With this operation, the European Commission is helping to ensure that this urgently needed lifesaving assistance, including medicines, reaches the most vulnerable people caught up in the conflict," she added.
Three humanitarian non-governmental organizations -- Médecins du Monde (MDM) and the Dutch and French sections of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) -- are involved in the airlift. The emergency aid being flown in is principally medical supplies.