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3 July 2014

In Central African Republic (CAR), two thirds of schools remain closed as violence and unrest continue. But students are gradually finding their way back to school. WFP is supporting them through daily school meals, often the only food they eat during the day.


30 June 2014
  • Even before the crisis began, 30 percent of Central Africans were food-insecure, meaning they did not access to enough and the right kinds of food
  • Today, 1,4 million people in CAR are in need of humanitarian assistance such as food, water, shelter, and healthcare
  • More than 560,000 people are displaced within the country
  • 71 percent of the displaced in Bangui say they still do not feel safe enough to return home
  • In May, WFP assisted 270,000 people in CAR, 80 percent of which live outside of Bangui
  • 8 in 10 school-age children are out of school
  • CAR’s GDP shrank 30 percent in 2013
  • More than 300,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries since January 2014
  • Cameroon and Chad are each hosting more than 100,000 people, while others have taken refuge in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) and the Congo
  • 80 percent of refugees are women or children
  • One third of children at transit sites in Cameroon suffer from malnutrition

 

Emergencies
30 April 2014

While the recent violence has wrecked countless lives in C.A.R., its effects have hit children the hardest. Forced to flee their homes and abandon school, they often find their parents now cannot feed them adequately. Children are more likely to die from malnutrition than from bullets in this crisis. WFP is working to address this threat in places like the Boy Rabe health centre in Bangui.

Emergencies
7 April 2014

The ongoing conflict in Central African Republic has brought the country's economy to its knees, with dire consequences for the entire population. Food markets are close to collapse, and the annual 'hunger season' already underway, says WFP’s Chief Economist Arif Husain, just back from C.A.R.. In this article, Husain explains why it would be hard to imagine a scenario worse than C.A.R.'s current predicament.

Emergencies
26 March 2014

France’s Olympique Marseille soccer club is supporting the World Food Programme’s food assistance operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country teetering on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.

Executive Director - Ertharin Cousin
21 March 2014

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just wrapped up a two-day fact-finding visit to the Central African Republic – a country facing a humanitarian disaster that risks getting even worse. In her latest blog, the WFP chief talks about her personal impressions of this ‘forgotten crisis’.

Emergencies, Focus on Women
19 March 2014

Before the crisis, more than 8,000 Muslims lived in the town of Bossangoa, in the northwest of the Central African Republic. There are now less than a thousand. Since January they have been relying on humanitarian assistance to survive, counting the days between one distribution and the next.

Emergencies
19 March 2014

The Central African Republic is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as violence forces more and more people to flee their homes and the national economy edges towards collapse. With local food systems breaking down, WFP and its partners are seeing cases of malnutrition multiply.

Emergencies
14 February 2014

Conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis in which food assistance is vital. WFP is distributing emergency food rations and working to scale up operations.


3 February 2014

Nearly 41,000 people have taken refuge in Chad following escalating violence in Central African Republic (CAR). While many new arrivals are Chadian, they return to an unfamiliar country and lack a strong support network. In the town of Goré, people staying at the local health center have come together to create an organizing committee and help the humanitarian community provide assistance to those who need it.