The European Union promised to send 1,000 troops, but the plan has reportedly been complicated by Ukraine’s uprising, as European countries want to keep their forces close to home.
Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis in this impoverished nation of 4.5 million worsens by the day. The rainy season this month will bring disease and make many roads impassable. On Friday, after a two-day visit to CAR, the executive director of the World Food Programme said the food shortage is not only threatening CAR but its neighbours which harbour refugees. “It is not overstating the facts to say that CAR is teetering on the brink of a catastrophic humanitarian disaster,” Ertharin Cousin wrote in her blog.