Rehabilitation and reopening of airstrips in the towns of Rafai and Zémio
Violent clashes this summer between armed groups in Mbomou and Haut-Mbomou, in CAR, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, made it difficult for humanitarian aid to get through to the towns of Rafai and Zemio, leading to the displacement of more than 50,000 people. In August, Handicap International (HI) and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) repaired aerodrome runways in both towns, which have now been reopened to the public.
Locals gather around the first plane to land on the repaired airstrip. | © HI