Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic: urgent needs and ongoing challenges

August 24, 2023

N’Djamena, August 23, 2023-  The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains critical, with over half of the population, approximately 3.4 million people, requiring assistance and protection. The ongoing conflict and repeated military confrontations between armed groups have uprooted one in five people from their homes, leading to internal displacement and refugees seeking safety in neighboring countries.

The CAR faces significant challenges, including inadequate access to basic services and infrastructure, such as clean water, sanitation, and education. Only 55 percent of children complete elementary school, and three out of five citizens lack access to safe drinking water. Gender-based violence is a prevalent issue, with two women or girls falling victim to violence every hour.

Food insecurity is a pressing concern, exacerbated by the conflict and limited agricultural resources. Many families struggle to secure regular and nutritious meals, leading to malnutrition and related health problems. Additionally, the CAR suffers from a lack of adequate healthcare infrastructure and services, particularly affecting women’s health, including prenatal care and family planning.

Providing humanitarian aid in the CAR is challenging due to the volatile security situation, limited resources, and difficult access to remote areas, especially during the rainy season. Despite these challenges, humanitarian partners are working diligently to support vulnerable communities. They have reached a significant portion of the targeted population, providing vital assistance and support, including shelter, healthcare, and food aid.

These efforts reflect the commitment of humanitarian organizations to address the urgent needs of the Central African Republic. Collaborative initiatives, along with increased funding and resources, are crucial to alleviate suffering, improve access to essential services, and work towards a more stable and resilient future for the people of the CAR.

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