Last week, the UPC men attacked the gendarmerie, the police station, and the local base of MINUSCA (UN Mission in Central Africa). Not even the local NGO offices were spared while the Saint-Jean parish was sacked.
According to Médecins Sans Frontier (MSF) at least 300 inhabitants of the city took refuge in the local hospital on the night of May 14 when the UPC assaulted the city.
The area of Bambari is strategic not only for its central position but also for the presence of gold and diamond mines.
At the end of March, Don Désiré Angbabata, parish priest of the Church of Séko, 60 km from Bambari, was killed in an assault on the village by the UPC (see Fides 23/3/2018). (L.M.) (FULL TEXT Release: Agenzia Fides, 21/5/2018)