UNICEF Mission in Central African Republic

With hundreds of thousands of children stuck without food, water, medicine and schooling due to continued violence in the Central African Republic, UNICEF are renewing their appeal for help.

UNICEF has so far brought in over 140 metric tonnes of emergency supplies, and are now on the frontline trying to distribute this to those most in need. Over a quarter of a million people have been displaced to different parts of the country due to the ongoing violence, with another 50,000 finding shelter in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UNICEF CAR Representative, Souleymane Diabate, said –

The continued conflict and climate of fear in CAR is hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid to woman and children in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The insecurity deprives children of their rights to go to school and to adequate living conditions including access to water, sanitation, and necessary health services should they fall ill.

UNICEF’s initial appeal was for US$11.5 million, but that has since more than doubled to US$32.4 million due to the amount of people the violence has effected. With just US$9 million received so far, action must be taken soon by governments to provide the necessary funds before the area becomes a disaster zone. These figures include –

  • 51% with no medicine at hospitals
  • 29% with no health facilities
  • 54% facing higher food prices
  • 72% of children not in school

Here’s hoping that the money is made available by all authorities and governments to ensure these poor people are looked after due this extremely difficult time.

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