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 June 2016, an estimated 2.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic. USAID is providing $56M in aid, including to help those in a camp for displaced families.
Fred Dufour, AFP

Latest Central African Republic
Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Ongoing conflict and insecurity—including attacks on civilians and clashes among armed groups—in Central African Republic (CAR) continue to result in population displacement and prompted the suspension of various relief activities in April and May, including a vaccination campaign and some Médecins Sans Frontières operations.

In late April, the UN Security Council (UNSC) extended the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) through July 31. The UNSC also requested that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conduct a review and present recommendations on MINUSCA’s future mandate by June 22.

Since late March, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $30 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the emergency response in CAR, bringing total USG support in FY 2016 to more than $67 million. The USG is supporting life-saving interventions across the country, including emergency food assistance for displaced and conflict-affected populations, emergency relief commodities for newly displaced populations and host communities, and treatment of acute malnutrition.

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: June 07, 2016

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