Central African Republic

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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

Key Developments

Clashes between armed groups and intercommunal tensions continue to displace civilians and restrict humanitarian access in the Central Africa Republic (CAR). In addition, the UN recorded 304 security incidents affecting humanitarian workers between January and September. 

Heavy rainfall and flooding had displaced approximately 20,000 people in Bamingui-Bangoran Prefecture as of mid-September; relief actors are preparing for additional rains and disruptive floods in the coming weeks. 

Food assistance needs are expected to remain high through early 2021 due to localized conflict and COVID-19-related price increases.  

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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Last updated: November 10, 2020

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