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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Latest Central African Republic
Fact Sheet


Key Developments

Clashes between armed groups and European Union troops in Bangui on August 19–20 caused thousands of people to flee their homes, injured dozens, and resulted in the death of a Central African Republic (CAR) Red Cross Society (CRCS) volunteer. Depicted by the U.N. as the worst fighting in Bangui since April, the violence underscores the difficulties experienced by humanitarian workers and security forces alike. Since November 2013, violence has killed at least 14 relief workers.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM)—a partner of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance—reports that approximately 80 percent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) surveyed in Bangui in July intend to return to their areas of origin in the coming weeks. The results of IOM’s previous monthly IDP return intention survey in June reflected that only 56 percent of IDPs endeavored to return home.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO CAR IN FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$25,039,753

USAID/FFP

$41,000,000

State/PRM

$51,630,000

Total USAID and State Assistance to CAR

$117,669,753

*These figures are current as of August 29, 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 02, 2014

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