Central African Republic

As of December 2013, an estimated 2.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic. USA
As of December 2013, an estimated 2.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic. USAID is providing $20M in food aid, including to help those in the camp for displaced families in Bossangoa (pictured above).
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Fact Sheet


Key Developments

On August 12, UN Secretary-General (SYG) Ban Ki-moon accepted the resignation of the Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and pledged to investigate thoroughly recent allegations that UN personnel sexually abused a Central African child in early August. Vowing to take decisive action, SYG Ban plans to hold a special UN Security Council session on August 13 to discuss reports of sexual abuse by UN personnel.

Although overall violence has declined in recent months, banditry and incidents of intercommunal violence continue to negatively affect populations across the Central African Republic (CAR), according to the UN.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance recently committed more than $15 million in support of relief efforts in CAR, bringing total U.S. government humanitarian funding to the CAR crisis to more than $116 million to date in FY 2015.

Background

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: August 14, 2015

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