Volunteer - Jean-Moise

Publicado: 18 diciembre 2014 22:11 CET

I am Jean-Moise, head of the disaster management department and relief coordination of the Central African Red Cross Society. I have been working for the Red Cross since 2 July 1985, for almost 29 years now.

Today, the humanitarian situation in our country is alarming. Just in Bangui we have 40 sites hosting displaced people. Inside the country, each locality has a large number of displaced people who are either with host families, in the fields, or in camps. Humanitarian organizations are overwhelmed, especially because the possibility for these people to return home is almost impossible due to the current insecurity. Also, many displaced people lost their homes during the events; some have lost their food stocks; others, their livestock. It was their means of survival and they have not come yet to found a solution. The humanitarian situation is chaotic and difficult. Go home, yes, but to sleep where? Agriculture, yes, but with what material? Raise herds, yes, but what cattle?

In Bangui, there are still about 62,000 displaced persons hosted in 40 sites who cannot return to their homes. In the country, there are about 410,000 displaced people in different sites or with host families. In addition, there are those who have left the country. In Cameroon, there are about 239,000 Central African refugees; in Chad about 90,000; 60,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo; in Congo Brazzaville, almost 20,000.

This is very complicated in humanitarian terms.

We have three major challenges:

- First, regarding the equipment. We don’t have enough because we can buy only through the funds of the emergency appeal, which is not well funded.

- Another problem is logistics. The fleet of vehicles that we have at present does not allow us to reach the displaced who are in the north, east or west, so we can’t provide them with assistance.

- Finally, human resources are also a problem because most of our branch members are affected by the current crisis.

The needs are great and we do not have the means to respond.

The Central African Red Cross Society in the whole country. We are often victims of rogue elements, as many people do not know our role. We work in a neutral and impartial manner, and this is not understood by everyone. Those who understand let us work. Those who have not yet understood can create problems.

A wounded man is a wounded man. We must treat him. If we find a body somewhere, for us, it is a dead body that we must pick up and bury with dignity, regardless of nationality, race or social status. That is why we must explain the role of the Red Cross in a country like Central African Republic.

In my 29 years with the Central African Red Cross, I have been a volunteer working for free for 20 years. Money or not, we must do the work. I received from the President of the Central African Republic the medal knight of the Order of Merit for my work. But that work, I did not do it alone. It was done with all the volunteers who are working with me. This medal is a great recognition of the work of our volunteers.