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

Violent incidents in Bambari since June had displaced more than 27,700 people—or an estimated 57 percent of Bambari’s total population—as of July 18, according to the U.N.

Anti-Balaka forces halted a U.N. convoy on July 9 and briefly abducted humanitarian workers, the U.N. reports. Armed actors also looted relief goods from U.N. trucks traveling to Ouham Prefecture’s Bossangoa town twice in recent weeks.

On July 15, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) airlifted additional relief commodities from Pisa, Italy, to Central African Republic (CAR)’s capital city of Bangui. USAID/OFDA partner the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will distribute the commodities to conflict-affected populations in CAR in the coming weeks. The July 15 delivery was USAID/OFDA’s sixth airlift of relief commodities into CAR in 2014. Together, the airlifts have delivered more than 39,000 water containers and storage tanks, 48,000 blankets, 24,000 kitchen sets, and 6,000 hygiene kits.

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 July 11, 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: July 28, 2014

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