Central African Republic

An estimated 2.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic.
An estimated 2.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic. USAID continues to provide aid, including to help those in a camp for displaced families.
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Latest Central African Republic
Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

In recent weeks, fighting between armed actors has displaced populations and generated additional humanitarian needs among communities in areas of Central African Republic (CAR), such as Haute-Kotto and Ouaka prefectures. Despite continued insecurity and tensions in the affected areas, USAID-supported organizations and other response actors are conducting needs assessments and providing basic relief items, food supplies, health care services, protection support, shelter materials, and other emergency assistance.

Violence among armed actors and against civilians and humanitarian workers remains an issue in CAR. Since late December 2016, relief agencies have recorded attacks against internally displaced persons, aid workers, and UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR peacekeepers in areas countrywide.

To date in FY 2017, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace has provided the UN World Food Program nearly $29 million to address the emergency food needs of conflict-affected Central Africans within CAR and displaced to neighboring countries.

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 02, 2017

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