UN warns Central African Republic risks major humanitarian crisis as donations lag

By on October 6, 2019

A United Nations expert on humanitarian affairs today warned that, with 95 per cent of its population subsisting on less than a dollar a day, the Central African Republic (CAR) is running the risk of a major crisis in the next few months as the country struggles to recover from a rebellion that led to a coup a year ago.Ramiro Lopes da Silva, Special Humanitarian Adviser for CAR in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), recently returned to Geneva from a three-week assessment tour of the country, starting on 25 February, during which he held talks with national authorities and staff from humanitarian agencies.He told journalists today that serious problems in the country, if not solved, could lead to a major crisis in the coming months. CAR suffered from insecurity and disruption of state services, especially health services, outside the capital, Bangui, he said.Mr. Lopes da Silva’s visit was the first high-level UN humanitarian mission since March 2003, when CAR leader Francois Bozizé seized power after a six-month rebellion. He said his trip was part of the 2004 work plan established by OCHA chief Jan Egeland to draw the world’s attention to forgotten humanitarian emergencies.OCHA has estimated that 20,000 people were internally displaced because of the political-military dispute and another 42,000 refugees fled north to neighbouring Chad, although many have returned.Sweden has been the lone donor to the most recent UN Consolidated Appeal for CAR – giving $700,000 towards the target amount of $16.8 million. read more

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