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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Key Developments

On May 10, representatives from 10 armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the government of CAR agreed to a peace accord, international media report. The accord requires armed groups to renounce political violence and begin a process of disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, and repatriation. Despite the accord, violent clashes continued during May and early June.

On May 13, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee—the primary mechanism for the interagency coordination of humanitarian assistance—deactivated the Level 3 (L3) response in CAR, initially declared in December 2013 for a three-month period and subsequently extended three times. The UN notes that while the L3 designation allowed a response surge, it is not intended to address the underlying causes of CAR’s complex emergency; the L3’s deactivation does not connote a decrease in humanitarian needs in the country.

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 02, 2015

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