Though there is a gradual return to normality in the capital, despite sporadic outbreaks of violence, the heavy presence of armed men on main streets in extreme northern and western Bangui continues to make the population vulnerable to attack.
The huge numbers of people forced to flee their homes in Bangui and now assembled at various sites do not yet feel confident enough to return to their neighbourhoods.
The ICRC has:
- been working with the Central African water board to supply over 210,000 litres of drinking water per day to the tens of thousands of people living at Bangui airport
- been supplying 15,000 litres of drinking water a day to the Boy Rabe monastery, where 30,000 people have been taking refuge
- distributed food to some 7,000 people taking refuge at the Carmel de Bimbo mission in southern Bangui, enough to cover their needs for a week
- operated on 65 people at the Community Hospital
- flown (last Saturday) 26 tonnes of medical supplies into Bangui.
Elsewhere in the Central African Republic: Delegates have visited places of detention to assess the conditions. They carried out an emergency distribution of food to 45 detainees at Ngaragba jail.