Medical relief charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) has halted operations in part of west Central African Republic after a staff member was shot dead during an ambush on one of its convoys, it said on Thursday.
The convoy carrying patients and doctors was stopped by unidentified armed men on Wednesday about 80 kilometres north of Bossangoa, said a statement by the charity, known in English as Doctors without Borders Personal belongings and medicine were taken and one of the MSF drivers, a Central African Republic national, was killed.
“You are going to become the champions of the Central African Republic. Hang on! The journey is about to begin.”
The four boys and two girls listening to Eric Mamboue’s pep talk in Bangui, the capital of a country condemned to decades of conflict by geography, misgovernance and malice, might be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed, but they do actually cherish big hopes and dreams, and know that staying in school is the first step to achieving them.