CAR: 6 people killed & dozens injured after outbreak of violence in Bangui

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 — Yesterday’s outbreak of violence is one of the biggest in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) so far since 2015. This resulted in six people dying from injuries and dozens being injured after fighting resumed in PK5 and Fatima neighbourhoods.  

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treated about 60 people in its health facilities following the attack. The five wounded received first aid treatment and were stabilised in MSF Gbaya Dombia maternity facility, located in PK5. One person who was critically injured, was transferred to MSF SICA Hospital for emergency and surgical care.

At the moment, more than 50 people who sustained gunshots during yesterday’s violence, have been received in MSF SICA Hospital.

At mid-day, a group of people gathered in front of the SICA hospital doors blocking access to ambulances carrying the wounded.  

“SICA hospital is one of the only hospitals in Bangui to provide free and specialised surgical care. MSF calls on everyone in Bangui to respect and facilitate the work of the medical staff, who have a duty to treat people in need of medical assistance, regardless of their background, religious or political affiliations,” says Anne-Marie Boyeldieu, MSF head of mission for CAR.

On the evening of April 10th, patients flocked to the MSF Sica hospital in Bangui following the resumption in the afternoon of the operation of MINUSCA and Central African security forces in PK5 district in Bangui on the 10th. April against local armed groups, which gave rise to fighting. Photographer:  Florent Vergnes
Ali, a student, was shot in the stomach during the events of April 10th. The bullet is still lodged in his body, he is waiting for surgery. Photographer: Florent Vergnes
Mahat is in intensive care. He received numerous bursts of grenades in his legs and face during the resumption of the operation of MINUSCA and Central African security forces in Bangui's PK5 district against local armed groups, which resulted in fighting. Photographer: Florent Vergnes
The head of department takes notes to prepare the intervention of an anesthetized patient who will soon undergo an operation to extract a bullet. The patient was wounded at PK5 on 10 April, when MINUSCA and Central African security forces resumed operations in Bangui's PK5 district against local armed groups, which resulted in fighting. Photographer: Florent Vergnes
X-ray of a patient's shoulder, where we see the bullet still lodged in the flesh. The patient was wounded at PK5 on 10 April, when MINUSCA and Central African security forces resumed operations in Bangui's PK5 district against local armed groups, which resulted in fighting. Photographer: Florent Vergnes