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

Key Developments

Conflict in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) since early May has resulted in approximately 300 deaths and displaced up to 100,000 people, bringing the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to more than 500,000, according to the UN and international media. May displacement reflects the largest wave of population movement since the peak of CAR’s humanitarian crisis in December 2013 and the highest number of IDPs countrywide since August 2014. UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR Najat Rochdi has expressed concern regarding the resurgence of violence, including incidents of armed actors targeting civilians based on political and religious affiliation and other human rights violations.

Despite moderate harvest improvements, insecurity and associated effects on livelihoods continue to constrain food access for vulnerable households in CAR, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

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 05, 2017

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