The Central African Republic crisis and its regional impact

Over the past year, the Central African Republic has experienced a major political and protection crisis that has affected nearly its entire population.

The security situation continues to deteriorate, with community tensions and sectarian violence on the rise. More than a million people have fled their homes for safety. Around 2.5 million people, over half the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance in CAR.

The humanitarian consequences of the crisis are being felt across the region. Aid groups and governments report that 388,592 refugees and 126,000 returnees and third country nationals have sought refuge in neighbouring countries – in Chad, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Congo. Since December 2013 alone, 145,855 CAR refugees have been registered in neighbouring countries.

The Senior Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Claire Bourgeois, recently travelled to speak with refugees in Cameroon, which has welcomed more than 100,000 refugees since December 2013. She spoke with local authorities, and visited a transit camp and a refugee camp near the town of Garoua-Bouali.

Cameroon is seeing acute malnutrition rates among refugees at 20-30 per cent, with many refugees having walked for several months to reach the border.

 

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 In Depth

   
Chad: Gaoui, 10 km outside the capital N'Djamena, is home to more than 4,000 people fleeing the violence that has gripped the Central African Republic in recent months. Here are glimpses of their life.   An OCHA project in the Central African Republic aims to strengthen the dialogue between people affected by the country's crisis and the humanitarian community.
     
   
Central African Republic: Taking Refuge at the Airport - A Photo Journey (April 2014)