Central African Republic

As of December 2013, an estimated 2.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic. USA
As of December 2013, an estimated 2.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic. USAID is providing $20M in food aid, including to help those in the camp for displaced families in Bossangoa (pictured above).
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Fact Sheet


Key Developments

On September 14, the U.S. Embassy in Bangui—which had been functioning with reduced staff since December 2012—resumed full operations. Concurrently, the U.S. government (USG) announced an additional $28 million in humanitarian assistance for the CAR crisis, bringing USG contributions to $145.7 million to date in FY 2014. The newly announced funding includes nearly $8 million from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, $1 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace, and more than $19 million from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to support relief efforts for populations affected by the crisis, both in CAR and in neighboring countries.

The U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) officially assumed authority from the African-led International Support Mission to CAR (MISCA) on September 15, in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2149. MINUSCA’s mandate prioritizes the protection of civilians, improvements to humanitarian access, and facilitation of political processes, including implementation of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities signed by parties to the conflict in late July 2014.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO CAR IN FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$32,817,772

USAID/FFP

$42,000,000

State/PRM

$70,898,621

Total USAID and State Assistance to CAR

$145,716,393

*These figures are current as of September 16, 2014.

Background

In December 2012, the Séléka armed opposition alliance began to advance across CAR in opposition to then-President François Bozizé. On March 24, 2013, Séléka fighters entered CAR’s capital city, Bangui, effectively seizing control of the country and triggering a period of widespread violence. Security conditions in CAR further deteriorated on December 5, 2013, when clashes erupted between the now-dissolved Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka groups, composed of armed fighters that oppose ex-Séléka forces. As of mid-February, the situation throughout CAR remained volatile, with escalating attacks against civilians. While relief agencies are working to assist conflict-affected populations, ongoing insecurity and logistical constraints impede humanitarian operations in Bangui and in more remote areas of CAR.

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Last updated: September 22, 2014

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