Central African Republic

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

Key Developments

Approximately 3.4 million people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are projected to require humanitarian assistance in 2023, the UN reports. Up to 990,000 people will likely experience acute food insecurity countrywide between June and August 2023, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

A surge in armed group activity has led to increased displacement and protection violations against civilians in recent weeks.

Relief actors, including USAID partners, provided multi-sector assistance to approximately 1.5 million people in CAR, the UN reports.

Background

CAR has faced more than six years of conflict. The initial trigger was the Séléka armed opposition entering the capital city of Bangui on March 24, 2013 in opposition to then-President François Bozizé and effectively seizing control of the country. Security conditions deteriorated further in December 2013 when clashes erupted between various armed groups. This fighting persists and has been further complicated by the fragmentation and reforming of alliances. In February 2019, the Government of CAR and 14 armed groups signed a peace agreement which has led to fewer direct clashes; however, insecurity and attacks against civilians, humanitarians, and UN peacekeeping forces continues.

While relief agencies are working to help people affected by the conflict, the ongoing fighting and logistical constraints have impeded humanitarian efforts, particularly in the more remote areas of CAR.

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