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.
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Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

Insecurity—including clashes among armed groups and attacks against humanitarian personnel and assets—in Central African Republic (CAR) continues to result in population displacement and hinder the delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance. In mid-June, armed actors attacked a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) humanitarian convoy in Kémo Prefecture, resulting in the death of one MSF staff member.

Since early June, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has provided more than $15 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the emergency response in CAR, bringing total U.S. Government support in FY 2016 to more than $95 million.

As of August 9, international donors had provided more than $112 million— approximately 21 percent—toward the nearly $532 million requested by the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for CAR. 2016 HRP funding aims to support an estimated 1.9 million vulnerable people, including internally displaced persons and host communities, across CAR between January and December.

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: August 10, 2016

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