CERF allocates nearly $5 million for refugees and returnees in Chad

29 April 2013: Continuing armed conflicts in Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) have forced thousands of people to flee, and the precarious humanitarian situation in Chad remains volatile. Close to 20,000 refugees from Sudan and CAR have fled to eastern and southern Chad, while some 13,000 returnees from Darfur and Libya are seeking shelter in Chad.

The majority of the new arrivals are women and children. Some have experienced illegal detention, physical violence and malnutrition. With the deteriorating trans-border security situation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that an additional 30,000 refugees from Sudan and 15,000 from CAR will be arriving in Chad in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

To address these needs, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$4,881,818 to five UN agencies. The allocations are expected to help 321,624 people.

With an allocation of $1,233,893, UNHCR will ensure general assistance and protection to multiple sectors, including provision of basic health care facilities, non-food items and shelters.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has received $2,303,050 to provide life-saving food assistance and nutrition activities for children under age 5. WFP will also distribute seeds before the rainy season to support vulnerable, food-insecure households.

An allocation of $595,723 will enable the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide medical and psychosocial care as well as non-food items, shelter and transportation.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will launch nutrition activities, including sufficient Ready-to Use Therapeutic Food through an allocation of $599,147.

With an allocation of $150,005, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will distribute agricultural inputs for the coming planting season to support the most vulnerable households and thereby avoiding further malnutrition and hunger among already food-insecure and vulnerable people in Chad.