17 May 2013
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The ongoing armed and political conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused a major humanitarian crisis affecting an estimated 4.5 million people. Frequent attacks on civilians have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Many remain internally displaced, while others have fled to neighbouring countries – particularly the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo.

Since 10 December 2012, rebel groups have looted and destroyed humanitarian facilities, government infrastructure and private property, leaving hospitals without medicines and children without access to education. Civilians have been subjected to killings, physical violence, unlawful arrests and gender-based violence, while children have been threatened with forced recruitment.

In response to the humanitarian crisis, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$7,133,080 to seven UN agencies.  The allocations are expected to benefit 1,142,000 people.

For more information, please go to CAR's country page.

CERF has already allocated $5 million to help kick start life-saving assistance in Haiti. CERF is a fast and effective way to support rapid humanitarian response. It provides immediate funding for lifesaving humanitarian action at the onset of emergencies and for crises that have not attracted sufficient funding. Contributions are received year-round. Find out how to donate here: