Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns of further sanctions against Russia

    Read more

  • Experimental Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • Chelsea’s Torres set for AC Milan switch

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Read more

  • In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

    Read more

Africa

No aid for Bangui wounded as hospitals run dry

Video by Sarah Sakho

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-03-28

Days after Seleka rebels seized the Central African Republic in a deadly 48-hour offensive, victims of the violence are struggling to get help in the capital with hospitals lacking medicine, equipment and even water. FRANCE 24 reports.

Almost a week after Seleka rebels began a swift two-day assault on the capital of the Central African Republic, victims of the violence continue to pour into the city's hospitals. But with scarce water, electricity and medicine supplies, doctors say there is little they can do to help the wounded.

Despite the return of a semblance of normalcy to the capital, Bangui, the city’s hospitals are struggling to provide even the most basic care for victims, most of whom have suffered gunshot wounds.

Nurse Eric Gonda of the Bangui Community Hospital told FRANCE 24 that he was forced to refuse water to a man who had received a head injury. “He asked to be cleaned with some water. I told him unfortunately there’s no more water in the hospital,” he said. “That is why you will see all the patients here are in a very poor state.”

The local head of Doctors Without Borders describes the dire situation in Bangui

A doctor visiting the hospital, Edmond Djinhiba of Doctors Without Borders, told FRANCE 24 that the situation was desperate. “If nothing is done urgently in the following days, the hospital will be faced with a disaster, a major humanitarian catastrophe,” he said.

Medical supplies looted

The Red Cross has said that the violence over the weekend had left “a large number of dead and wounded” in the capital. But medical workers from the organisation were unable to begin operations in the city after looters stripped aid depots holding equipment and food.

Looters took to the streets after Seleka rebels seized control of the impoverished nation following the collapse of a fragile two-month-old peace deal, forcing the president, Francois Bozize, into exile. The Seleka coalition's leader, Michel Djotodia, has proclaimed himself president until 2016.

The Seleka rebels under Djotodia say they are tracking down snipers and looters in order to restore order to the capital.

Date created : 2013-03-28

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

    'We will hold elections in three years' say CAR rebels

    Read more

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

    'France is just fed-up, exhausted by CAR'

    Read more

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

    Rebels seize CAR presidential palace

    Read more

COMMENT(S)