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

The UN Security Council (UNSC) extended the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) mandate for one year in a unanimously adopted resolution on April 28. In the resolution, the UNSC reiterated concern for the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and called on all parties to allow unhindered access for the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to populations in needs, particularly internally displaced persons (IDPs).

In late April, international media reported allegations that peacekeepers—including soldiers from Chad, Equatorial Guinea, and France—may have sexually abused children at an IDP site in Bangui between December 2013 and June 2014. The allegations remain unconfirmed, and the Government of France launched a criminal investigation regarding the situation on May 7.

Armed actors continue to target the UN World Food Program (WFP) convoys traveling along major supply routes in CAR, according to the UN. Despite security challenges, WFP assistance reached approximately 517,000 and 385,000 beneficiaries in March and April, respectively.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO CAR IN FY 2015*

USAID/OFDA

$14,582,259

USAID/FFP

$48,554,287

State/PRM

$29,250,000

Total USAID and State Assistance to CAR

$92,386,546

*These figures are current as of May 8, 2015.

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: May 14, 2015

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