(B2) Six aid workers have been killed in the northwest of the Central African Republic, UNICEF announced in a statement issued from its regional office in Dakar on Wednesday (28 February).
The victims, all of Central African nationality, were traveling on February 25, near Markounda, in a region difficult to access, close to the border with Chad, to provide training for parent teachers, when they were attacked. The UNICEF education consultant, two officials from the Ministry of Education and three members of the NGO Bangui Sans Frontières (BSF), a UNICEF partner, died.
« We are deeply saddened and shocked by the death of our colleague, along with five other education workers reacted immediately the child protection agency of the United Nations. UNICEF and its partners have set up in Markounda " temporary learning and child protection spaces for 2000 crisis-affected children ". More than 7000 people have moved to flee the violence in recent months.
Photo credit: UNICEF in Bambari September 2014 - Archives