Montreal QC â€“ December 15th
Wide spread violence continues to sweep over the Central African Republic (CAR) nearly nine months after political turmoil led to the overthrowing of President F. Bozize by the SELEKA. As of December 5th 2013, violence reached its peak as France and MISCA announced the deployment of armed forces in an effort to reestablish peace and gain control in the country.
With civilian casualties mounting and tens of thousands refugees displaced throughout CAR religious tensions are now at an all time high. The SELEKA and self-defense groups/militias remain present in the capital of Bangui with no signs of improvement or resolution. The issuance of a curfew and complete lock-down of main city arteries and airports have only worsened the state of the humanitarian crisis. According to the European Commissionâ€™s ECHO program assessment mission conducted on December 7th, the crisis calls for particular attention in protection, WASH, food and health.
International response to the degrading situation in the CAR has been lead by the ECHO-Flight program, operated by DAC Aviation. Testament to DACâ€™s ability to deploy resources on behalf of ECHO-Flight in crisis situations, the organization successfully dispatched a CRJ 200LR jet aircraft within 48 hours. In partnership with ECHO, DACâ€™s jet has provided the humanitarian crisis with one of the only connections to aid from the outside, supplying food, water, medicine and personnel transportation.
Always having an aircraft available on short notice for to support organizations dealing with new crises everyday is merely one of the many competitive advantages DAC Aviation is able to offer to its partners.
â€œWe know that organizations such as ECHO-Flight need aircraft at a momentâ€™s notice for a diverse number of situations across the globe,â€ stated Alain Desrochers, DAC Aviationâ€™s President. â€œWeâ€™ve made substantial investments in technology that allow our operations to move rapidly, with the ability to deliver the highest quality service anywhere in the world within an extremely competitive time frame. Itâ€™s clear to us that our customers value this type of turn key service, especially in times of crisis like the current situation in the Central African Republic.â€
On behalf of ECHO-Flight, DAC Aviation is now established and delivering much needed aid to the regions affected by the humanitarian catastrophe. With daily rotations from Bangui and Douala, the ECHO-Flight program plans to remain at the heart of the crisis until further notice.