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

According to a June 22 UN statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a panel to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by foreign military forces not under UN command against children while deployed in Central African Republic (CAR). The three-member panel—with delegates from Canada, the Gambia, and South Africa—will review the allegations against foreign forces, the UN response to the allegations, and UN procedures regarding crimes committed by UN and non-UN forces. The panel plans to begin work in July and submit a report on its findings within ten weeks.

Despite favorable weather in CAR between March and June, ongoing insecurity has decreased planting activities during the March-to-June planting season, according to the Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS). As a result, GIEWS anticipates that harvest yields will likely be below average in CAR.

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 17, 2015

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