WFP Reaches Newly Displaced People With Life-Saving Food In Central African Republic
BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached more than 30,000 newly displaced people in desperate need of food in the Central African Republic’s capital after a new surge in violence. The assistance follows WFP being forced to briefly suspend its operation during attacks.
“More than 40,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in a matter of days. The situation remains tense and volatile, but WFP has been able to reach over the past week those most in need, people who have been cut off from any assistance for days, and living in difficult circumstances in over 20 displacement sites,” said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Country Director in C.A.R.
The latest displacements are a step back for recent efforts to rebuild and return to normalcy.
“It is critical that WFP has the necessary resources to come to the aid of people who are most vulnerable and have been repeatedly affected by a crisis that erupted two years ago,” said Djossa. “Even before this latest escalation in violence, about one in four people were in need of urgent food assistance, and were struggling to recover from the widespread disruption the conflict caused to their lives.”
Nearly 900,000 people are still displaced inside C.A.R or have taken refuge in neighbouring countries since the start of the conflict in 2013. The recent violent upsurge led to at least 77 deaths and 414 people injured.
Currently, 1.27 million people require food assistance in C.A.R.
WFP and its partners aim to assist 1.2 million people in areas worst-affected by conflict and hunger. WFP urgently requires US$21 million to continue providing vital assistance to families in need through to the end of the year.
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