Crisis in the Central African Republic

After a coup in March 2013, the Central African Republic is currently in crisis, with violence and lawlessness widespread. Nearly 3 million people are in need of protection, and over 1 million do not have access to enough food.

Crisis in the Central African Republic. Credit: Sam Phelps for CRS

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The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country, surrounded by six neighbours, including Sudan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In March 2013, the country experienced a coup, with the Seleka group ousting the then President Bozize.

Since then, the country has fallen into turmoil, with violence prevalent throughout. The entire country has been affected, with nearly 3 million people in need of protection, and over 1 million people in need of food assistance. Over 630,000 people have been internally displaced, fleeing from the destruction of houses and villages. Lack of clean water and access to health services are also urgent issues exacerbating the current situation.

With persistent fighting between different groups, the situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate.

How Caritas is helping

Since May 2013 Caritas CAR, with support from the Caritas Internationalis network, has been providing health care, food security, shelter, livelihoods and peace building support to over 36,000 people in the Diocese of Bangui, Bossangoa, Kaga Bandoro, Bambari, Bangassou, Alindao, Mbaiki, Bouar and Berberati.

Already, Caritas Bossangoa has overseen the management of around 40,000 internally displaced people who sought refuge in the Archbishop’s compound. With the support of the international Caritas network, Caritas Bossangoa will be launching a new program to provide non-food items to people in the camp and a group of Muslims sheltering in a nearby school.

Caritas Australia is contributing to the international Caritas network’s response to this urgent humanitarian situation.

How you can help

Your donation to the Emergency Response Fund will help Caritas Australia continue to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by disasters around the world, including the Central African Republic. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

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We've never seen people fleeing to a Catholic mission for safety, kids abandoning their schools in their masses, hospitals without medicines, or the Christian and Muslim populations turning against one another.”
 - Central African Republic Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga