In December 2013, a wave of violence began sweeping across this already-unstable country, forcing thousands of families to flee their homes. Half a million people are now displaced within C.A.R. and another 180,000 have crossed into neighbouring countries. WFP is assisting around 500,000 people per month inside C.A.R and tens of thousands of refugees outside its borders.
In support of the medical response to the Ebola emergency in West Africa, WFP is focusing on meeting the basic food and nutrition needs of families affected by the outbreak. Since April, nearly 1.5 million people have received WFP food assistance in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WFP is also helping the humanitarian get staff and equipment into the crisis zones.
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the wake of the recent upsurge in violence. More than 1.8 million people have been displaced and many are living without access to food, water or other essentials. WFP has been able to provide food assistance to over 1 million people displaced across Iraq since June. We need more funds to continue our work until April.
Humanitarian assistance has helped stabilize food security in South Sudan for now. As part of the broad response in South Sudan, WFP has reached more than 2.5 million people this year. But it is critical to sustain relief efforts because the situation remains very fragile. A hunger catastrophe will be a threat well into next year – especially if fighting continues.
The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The fighting is driving more and more people from their homes and making access to food increasingly difficult. WFP is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of close to 6 million displaced people inside Syria and in neighbouring countries. Operations are being run on a hand-to-mouth basis as funding is running out.