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

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Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Violence in northwestern and southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) has increased the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) by more than 191,000 people since February, bringing the total number of IDPs in CAR to more than 592,000 as of August.

Insecurity continues to hinder humanitarian access and relief operations across CAR. A targeted attack against humanitarian workers in Ouham Prefecture’s Batangafo town on September 7 led nearly all non-governmental organizations operating in the area to evacuate staff and suspend relief activities, leaving 28,000 people in critical need of emergency assistance.

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

Background

In opposition to then-President François Bozizé, the Séléka armed opposition alliance entered the capital city of Bangui on March 24, 2013, effectively seizing control of the country and triggering a period of widespread violence. Security conditions deteriorated further in December 2013 when clashes erupted between the now-dissolved Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka groups composed of armed fighters that opposed ex- Séléka forces. Following a nearly three-year transitional period, CAR held presidential elections in December 2015 and February 2016, resulting in the election of President Faustin-Archange Touandéra. Conflict between armed groups has persisted across much of CAR in 2017; however, armed groups have fragmented and reformed among various alliances, complicating the ongoing crisis.

The security situation throughout CAR remains volatile, with continued attacks against civilians, humanitarian workers, and peacekeeping forces. While relief agencies are working to assist conflict-affected populations, ongoing insecurity and logistical constraints have impeded humanitarian operations, particularly in more remote areas of CAR.

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Last updated: October 16, 2017

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