Crisis in the Central African Republic

 

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. The coup led by the Seleka rebels in March 2013 to oust the President wreaked havoc, thrusting an already vulnerable population into a state of crisis. 

THE SCALE OF THE CRISIS: KEY FIGURES
In some parts of the country, violent outbursts are preventing thousands of Central Africans from returning home. 
709,425
Central African refugees in Cameroon, Chad, DRC and Congo
712,945
internally displaced people
> 6'000
women, children and elderly people have sought refuge in southern Chad and Cameroon
Tens of thousands
in the country live in constant fear
Deadly instability  

In December 2013, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes when conflict broke out in the Central African Republic (CAR).   

In 2016, peaceful elections brought a glimmer of hope, which was only short-lived. The situation deteriorated very quickly that same year when clashes intensified between the Seleka Alliance and anti-balaka militias in the north of the country.  

Although the situation reached a relative stability in some areas, allowing more than 12,400 refugees to go back home in 2019, the overall situation has remained volatile and dangerous.  

Combatants brutally kill civilians, loot homes, and burn entire villages.   

More than 1 million people have been forced to flee, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries or in less affected areas within the country.  

Many children are still forced to become soldiers, messengers, or sex slaves.   

The lack of access to health services and food is an additional challenge for people fleeing armed conflict. 

UNHCR's response

UNHCR offers food and medical care to refugees staying in the transit centre in Mole camp, and in Batanga, near Boyabu camp.  

UNHCR provides cash assistance and basic household kits to internally displaced people wishing to return home.   

UNHCR has built classrooms in Lobaye to help schools accommodate returning children so they can transition back into the education system.

UNHCR assists refugees seeking official registration, and needing documents pertaining to school registration. 

We need your support 

This crisis is one of the most underfunded emergencies, and yet, so many people are not even receiving the minimum needed to survive.  

Food, health, shelter, camp organization and sanitation are the primary concerns. Additional assistance is needed for refugees living outside official camps and for the communities that host them.  

Today, despite the urgent needs, only 55% of the CHF 153 million needed to respond in 2021 have been raised.   

We desperately need your support.