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

On July 30 and 31, violent clashes in Batangafo town resulted in an unknown number of deaths and displaced an estimated 20,000 people, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Continued insecurity has hindered humanitarian access to affected populations; however, OCHA reports that an interagency assessment team continues to plan to visit Batangafo, pending security improvements.

The USAID-Funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports that prefectures in the Central African Republic (CAR) currently experiencing Crisis—Integrated Food Security Phase Classification 3—levels of food insecurity may not see improvements between July and December, as previously predicted. Pervasive violence and associated access constraints, coupled with insufficient rainfall in areas acutely affected by violence, continue to impede agricultural and market activities, thereby limiting household access to food.

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: August 18, 2014

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