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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Additional funding for displaced people in CAR

There are more than 65,000 internally displaced people in the Central African Republic (CAR) in urgent need of life-saving assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The on-going conflicts in the country and the wider region, and severe flooding have forced these people to flee their villages and homes.
To provide them with immediate help, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has mobilised new funding of €1.9 million, enabling UNICEF to bring clean water, food, hygiene and sanitation to the most vulnerable people. With the EU aid, UNICEF will be pre-positioning emergency relief supplies in the capital, Bangui, and coordinating with NGO partners in a Rapid Response Mechanism to carry out life-saving interventions.
The estimated number of people to be reached by the Rapid Response Mechanism is 42,500, including 2,500 children aged six to 59 months. These children, and the displaced, refugees, victims of natural disasters or epidemics, as well as other vulnerable groups are also suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
In 2012, the European Commission has already mobilised € 8 million of humanitarian aid in CAR for life-saving interventions, including food aid to internally displaced people, clean water and sanitation, treatment of severe malnutrition, psychosocial and medical support to the victims of violence, as well as financial support to the humanitarian air service.


Source: European Commission