By Mark Kaye, acting Emergency Communications Manager for Save the Children's response in Central African Republic
As I look around the empty health post it dawns on me just how much work is to be done here. Its four rooms are completely empty apart from a single broken maternity bed and a dented chamber pot. There are no medicines left, no equipment, not even a mattress.
I’m told everything of value was stolen in the aftermath of the coup; that this area is practically lawless and that armed gangs now rule with impunity extorting ‘tax’ from those who have already lost almost everything with the threat of further violence.