Four consecutive attacks of unprecedented violence hit the sites of Tché, Drodro, Paroisse, Luko and Ivo, between 12 and 28 November 2021. This new escalation of conflict has worsened the humanitarian and security situation at the internally displaced people’s sites in the area while increasing the vulnerability and isolation of people.
“I am left to my own destiny. With no food, my children and I have been sick since we arrived to the site,” says Suzanne, a 52 year-old farmer from Dhedja who fled to Ivo with her three children.
This is the second time she has been forced to flee – this time to the displaced people’s camp of Rhoe. In Ivo, she saw passersby being shot at and heard her neighbours being attacked with machetes as she managed to escape with her family. The images of her neighbours being massacred are repeatedly replayed in her mind as she struggles to provide for her children with few prospects for the future.
Like Suzanne, more than 40,000 people have been forced to take refuge in the camp of Rhoe in the Blukwa State health area. An area that is difficult to access and where humanitarian groups have a reduced presence due to recurring security problems.
“People have been facing many difficulties; the cold, the lack of shelters and latrines. Clashes between armed groups have led to the massive displacement of people, including health workers who are no longer at their patients’ bedside," says Dr Benjamin Safari for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Drodro.
“The health needs are enormous. We have launched several activities to strengthen our response, especially for children under 15," he says.