Army, Police and UN Force conduct joint patrols in Birao

6 Mar 2020

Army, Police and UN Force conduct joint patrols in Birao

Abou Mouhilou Seidou

The Zambian contingent of MINUSCA has been conducting robust and aggressive both foot and motorised joint patrols with the Central African Republic Army (FACA) and Security Forces (FSI) in Birao town. Arising from the fragile security situation in Vakaga, MINUSCA Force, FACA and FSI have been working round the clock to ensure that the people of Birao develop confidence in the Mission and the government.

Interaction with the traders at the local market and the surrounding areas is one of the well appreciated activities conducted during the patrols. Many traders affirm that business was slowly normalising, and expressed happiness with the joint team, for their continued presence in Birao town, as their combined efforts during the recent attacks on 16 February 2020 which repelled FPRC armed elements inspired confidence.

Further to these joint operations, they are working on the reception and orientation of displaced persons into IDP camps, screening at entry and exit points to Internally displaced persons (IDP) camps for seizure of firearms or any other weapons. All these actions aim at protecting and securing the populations to allow them to freely and peacefully go their daily errands.