Central African Republic
A total of
people in need received our assistance in 2017.
Since its independence in 1960, the Central African Republic (CAR) has seen continuous political crises of dictatorship, military coups and armed clashes. In December 2012, civil war broke out between the predominantly Muslim rebel group Seleka, from the marginalised northern areas, and the Christian and animist militia anti-Balaka.
In 2014, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced after Seleka overthrew then-President François Bozizé. Later that year, the armed groups agreed to a ceasefire. By then, almost one quarter of the population had been forced to flee.
While the elections in 2016 were peaceful, the government still struggles to achieve lasting peace. After few months of stability, violence resumed in November 2016. Violence and wide-scale human rights violations are still being committed by all parties in the conflict.
An estimated 687,398 peopleare currentlydisplaced while half the population face food insecurity, eating only one meal per day. A further 545,000 are living as refugees in Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
People we helped in the Central African Republic in 2017
Skirmishes among armed groups and with international peacekeeping forces make it difficult for humanitarian organisations to reach people in need, including NRC. We work to ensure that our support serves Christian and Muslim communities equally.
International efforts in the country have been inconsistent, with insufficient and ebbing aid. NRC declared it the world’s most neglected crisis in 2017.
We strive to influence the international community, advocating for increased funding and better protection of the most vulnerable people in CAR.
We support the public education system at the national, local and community levels in three prefectures to provide quality education to children. We also make sure that children who have missed out on their education are able to catch up with their peers. Our education teams:
- construct and rebuild schools
- re-enrol children in courses
- enlist and train teachers
- provide catch-up classes to children through our accelerated learning programme
Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)
In CAR, our ICLA teams help displaced people with their property rights. We:
- ensure that tenants are the rightful, legal owners
- work to prevent further conflict over housing, land and property
- conduct activities to promote social cohesion and foster dialogue and conflict resolution between communities
Livelihoods and food security
To support communities to restore their livelihoods, our teams:
- distribute agricultural tools and seeds
- provide training sessions on agricultural techniques
- provide income generating activities
Shelter and settlements
Our shelter work in CAR endeavours to improve living accommodations for displaced people. Our shelter teams:
- build and repair houses damaged or destroyed during the crisis
- provide accommodation to people in displacement camps
- rehabilitate community infrastructures
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion
To restore the basic human rights and dignity of displaced people, we run water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities. We:
- construct and treat water sources such as wells and pumps providing clean drinking water
- construct and repair latrines
- promote hygiene awareness
- Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
- Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
- Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
About NRC in Central African Republic
Five things to know about the Central African Republic
More people are displaced than ever before, half of the population needs humanitarian aid and it’s one of the world’s most dangerous countries for humanitarian workers. Here’s what you should know about the Central African Republic:
A new life elsewhere
Located in northern Central African Republic, the city of N'délé was mostly spared by the 2013 crisis. As a result of the relative stability, it has become a place of refuge for many displaced people fleeing violence.