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Monday, 29 July 2013

EU: Central African Republic, the ‘country that the world forgot'

The Central African Republic is a “country that the world forgot” and could become “a second Somalia” without additional support, EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said to journalist in Brussels on 23 July.
In this context, on her personal blog, she pledged for the international community to step up attention and assistance to CAR, in order not to allow it to slip from the world’s attention again – “for the sake of its people, and for the stability of the region". During a commissioner’s visit in the capital Bangui, on July 11, the European Union announced an increase in humanitarian aid (by €8 million), bringing its total aid since the start of the year to €20 million.
Georgieva said that the Central African Republic (CAR), was in “complete chaos” : “This is the most forgotten country in the world. The most miserable, the most in need for help, and the one which receives the least,” she said.
The Commissioner added that the northern Mali and Sudan’s Darfur region were also plagued by lawlessness. The EU and its international partners have been able to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Sahel, but Georgieva claimed that the region should remain a long-term priority because it is prone to cycles of hunger and conflict.

CAR has been embroiled in a decade-long armed conflict and ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world. Renewed fighting between the government and Seleka (an association of five rebel groups), which recently took over the capital Bangui, has left the country in turmoil.

Between 2008 and 2013, around €210 million have been allocated for the whole country through the European Development Fund (EDF).

Source: EurActiv, European Commission

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