Central African Republic

An estimated 2.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic.
An estimated 2.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic.
Fred Dufour, AFP

Latest Central African Republic
Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Due to increased violence in northwestern and southeastern Central African Republic (CAR), the number of internally displaced persons countrywide has reached approximately 534,000 people, the highest since July 2014. In addition, local authorities in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported that approximately 60,000 individuals fled from CAR to DRC in May and June.

Violent attacks on humanitarian personnel and assets in recent months have led relief actors to suspend operations in parts of central and southeastern CAR, reducing access to food and health care services for tens of thousands of people, the UN reports.

The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network anticipates that Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity will persist until at least January 2018 for vulnerable populations across CAR.

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 18, 2017

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