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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Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Despite ongoing conflict, USAID partners are providing emergency assistance to conflict-affected communities and developing contingency plans to address additional humanitarian needs. USAID partners are supporting economic recovery, emergency health care, humanitarian coordination and information management, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities in Central African Republic (CAR).

During a March 15 briefing for humanitarian donors in the city of Yaoundé, Cameroon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, a.i., Michel Yao highlighted a downward trend in humanitarian funding to CAR since 2014, emphasizing that approximately half the country’s population continues to require emergency assistance. As of March 31, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan had received only $21.6 million— approximately 5 percent of the nearly $400 million required to assist an estimated 1.6 million people in CAR through December 2017.


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: April 03, 2017

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