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

Insecurity and fighting among armed groups continue to displace populations, exacerbate humanitarian needs, and hinder response operations in several areas of Central African Republic (CAR). Recent violence in Haute-Kotto Prefecture’s Bria town and NanaGrébizi Prefecture’s Kaga-Bandoro town, among other areas, has caused population displacement and damaged or destroyed homes. Relief actors are responding to needs, providing food, health care, and other critical assistance to people requiring support.

The Government of CAR and international donors convened in Belgium’s capital city of Brussels in mid-November and pledged nearly $2.3 billion to support peacebuilding, longer-term recovery, and humanitarian activities for people in CAR.

On November 22, the UN released the 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview for CAR, indicating that ongoing fighting, political instability, and limited access and resources have rendered an estimated 2.2 million people—nearly 50 percent of the country’s population—in need of humanitarian assistance.

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: December 09, 2016

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