Central African Republic http://www.wfp.org/feeds/Central%20African%20Republic Country content en Crisis In Central African Republic http://www.wfp.org/photos/gallery/crisis-central-african-republic The conflict that erupted in December 2012 in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) has destroyed countless livelihoods and disrupted food production. WFP is assisting 1.25 million people, but funds are needed urgently to provide life–saving assistance. Central African Republic Global Emergencies Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:27:42 +0000 WFP 641123 at http://www.wfp.org Central African Republic's Economy On Its Knees http://www.wfp.org/videos/central-african-republics-economy-its-knees Food markets are collapsing in the Central African Republic as the conflict stops farmers growing food, disrupts transportation systems and drives traders away. Market places are emptying out, says WFP's Chief Economist Arif Husain, who has just returned from Bangui.  The international community needs to send money for humanitarian operations immediately, Husain says, because the crisis is effecting the entire population. Waiting will increase the cost -- in lives as well as dollars. Stories Central African Republic English Global Africa Video stories Emergencies Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:10:12 +0000 WFP 640964 at http://www.wfp.org Deepening Crisis In C.A.R. Devastating People's Ability To Support Themselves http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/deepening-crisis-central-african-republic-devastating-peoples-ability-support-them UN report says immediate support for food and livelihoods needed to meet “acute and complex emergency” Responding to Emergencies Central African Republic Global Africa Emergencies Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:42:20 +0000 WFP 640960 at http://www.wfp.org 'It Doesn’t Get Much Worse': WFP Economist On C.A.R. http://www.wfp.org/stories/central-african-republic-it-really-doesnt-get-much-worse 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. Emergency Operation (EMOP) For Individuals Responding to Emergencies Central African Republic Global Africa Emergencies Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:36:19 +0000 WFP 640931 at http://www.wfp.org Worsened security leads to further displacement in Central African Republic http://www.wfp.org/content/worsened-security-leads-further-displacement-central-african-republic The deteriorating security in the Central African Republic (CAR), especially in its capital city, Bangui, has triggered further displacement within the country and beyond its borders, a UN spokesman told reporters here Tuesday. "The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed its concern today about the deterioration of the security situation in Bangui since the High Commissioner's recent visit, with at least 60 people killed since March 22," said Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq at the daily briefing. Hunger in the news Central African Republic hunger in the news Africa Xinhua News Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:47:43 +0000 WFP 640905 at http://www.wfp.org Today’s Central African Republic: It Really Doesn’t Get Much Worse Than This http://www.wfp.org/content/today%E2%80%99s-central-african-republic-it-really-doesn%E2%80%99t-get-much-worse The Central African Republic (CAR) – torn apart since December by widespread conflict and killings of civilians by armed groups – is unravelling. The consequences are already catastrophic for many people. Almost the entire population is in desperate need of food. As the World Food Programme’s chief economist, I went to Bangui to analyse how the overall economy is affected, particularly the food sector, and where we are in terms of the humanitarian response. I was shocked by what I saw and how deep the crisis extends. It really doesn’t get much worse than this. Hunger in the news Central African Republic hunger in the news Africa The Ottawa Citizen (Canada) Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:46:25 +0000 WFP 640904 at http://www.wfp.org Hatred festers as Muslims and Christians suffer in Central African Republic http://www.wfp.org/content/hatred-festers-muslims-and-christians-suffer-central-african-republic Now Boda is the Central African Republic’s miniature Sarajevo, a once-wealthy town of diamond, gold and coffee traders, irrevocably marred by ethnic cleansing. Under the watchful eye of French peacekeepers, the Christians are trying to starve out the Muslims. Lorries carrying supplies from the Muslims of Bangui, who are also besieged, sometimes sneak through the anti-balaka checkpoints by tagging along behind convoys of French or African peacekeepers. An eagerly awaited shipment from the World Food Programme is expected today. But it’s not enough. Many of Boda’s Muslim children suffer from malnutrition. Hunger in the news Central African Republic hunger in the news Africa Irish Times Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:35:59 +0000 WFP 640874 at http://www.wfp.org WFP Chief Calls for Humanitarian Intervention in CAR http://www.wfp.org/content/wfp-chief-calls-humanitarian-intervention-car The executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges the international community to address the disaster in the Central African Republic (CAR) where hundreds of thousands have fled violence and instability to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “It is a crisis situation,” says Ertharin Cousin of WFP, who recently returned from tours of the CAR and Cameroon. The WFP executive director says the influx of refugees is creating a regional crisis because of food shortages and lack of resources. Hunger in the news ED - E.Cousin Central African Republic hunger in the news Africa VOA News Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:16:32 +0000 WFP 640842 at http://www.wfp.org In Central African Republic, a ‘very desperate situation’ in makeshift camps http://www.wfp.org/content/central-african-republic-%E2%80%98very-desperate-situation%E2%80%99-makeshift-camps The U.N. World Food Program, which operates in war-torn nations such as Syria, can’t distribute food within the camp because it’s too dangerous, said Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Program. She recently returned from a week-long visit to the Central African Republic and could see the camp from her airplane window. Some of the people who live there, including armed fighters involved in the country’s conflict, get violent when food, water or anything marketable arrives, Cousin explained, so it’s too risky for the residents and the aid workers. “When we go into those kinds of areas, we make ourselves prey for those who are participating in the conflict. Hunger in the news ED - E.Cousin Central African Republic hunger in the news Africa PBS NewsHour Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:15:15 +0000 WFP 640841 at http://www.wfp.org Central African Republic Can't Wait, Says WFP Head http://www.wfp.org/videos/central-african-republic-cant-wait-says-wfp-head With continuing violence and displacement, and the near-collapse of its economy, Central African Republic is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. The country urgently needs international assistance, says WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, who raised the alarm during her recent visit. As the food and nutritional crisis deepens and funds run short, her message is simple: "C.A.R. can't wait" Stories Responding to Emergencies Central African Republic Global Africa Video stories Emergencies Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:33:30 +0000 WFP 640837 at http://www.wfp.org