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 U.S. Government (USG) remains strongly engaged in the humanitarian response to the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), addressing needs inside CAR and among refugees in neighboring countries. During the week of April 7, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and Assistant Secretary (A/S) of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM) Anne Richard conducted separate visits to CAR’s capital city of Bangui to meet with humanitarian stakeholders, government officials, and affected populations. A/S Richard also traveled to Chad to visit populations who fled CAR, as well as political and humanitarian representatives.

On April 9, Ambassador Samantha Power announced that the USG has provided an additional $22 million in FY 2014 funding to the humanitarian response in CAR. New funding includes more than $8.8 million from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, approximately $8.5 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace, and a further $4.6 million from State/PRM. The new funding raises FY 2014 commitments to nearly $67 million. USG-supported humanitarian interventions include food assistance; health; protection; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities; information management; the provision of relief commodities; and multi-sector assistance for new Central African refugees.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO CAR IN FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$16,853,349

USAID/FFP

$28,500,000

State/PRM

$21,600,000

Total USAID and State Assistance to CAR

$66,953,349

*These figures are current as of April 10, 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: April 15, 2014

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