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

Ongoing violence and attacks continue to target internally displaced person sites, humanitarian actors, and forces with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (CAR), according to the UN. Despite recent insecurity-related constraints in some areas, U.S. Government partners continue to address the humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations in CAR.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that more than 2,400 security incidents occurred in CAR from January 2014 to December 2015, including nearly 350 acts of violence against relief organizations.

The 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan—which requested $613 million to provide humanitarian assistance in CAR—continues to have a funding shortfall of $292 million, jeopardizing the implementation of strategic humanitarian priorities.

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: February 05, 2016

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