The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has had very serious effects on the humanitarian situation of the most vulnerable populations of the country.
The country has witnessed a spike in violence before and after the Dec., 2020 legislative and presidential elections.
Violent armed clashes have led to the displacement of a large number of people and the interruption of the arrival of humanitarian assistance.
This situation has particularly aggravated malnutrition and dented the essential food needs of more than two million persons.
Faced with this situation, the French Embassy in CAR has mobilized to come to the aid of Central Africans touched by the crisis by making available the sum of 2.8 million euros, (about 1.86 billion FCFA) to humanitarian actors who can furnish urgent assistance in the most enclaved zones.
According to a recent statement by the French Embassy, the French diplomatic mission is giving 688 million FCFA to the World Food Programme (WFP) with 164 million FCFA going to the humanitarian air service of the United Nations.
Five hundred and twenty-four million FCFA will go to the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and six hundred and twenty-three million FCFA to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“This financial assistance will in priority reinforce urgent food aid. It will permit the furnishing of assistance to populations deprived of food by the conflict and to take charge of children suffering from severe and chronic malnutrition as well as reinforce the communities affected by the violence”, the Embassy’s statement revealed.
“The French Embassy salutes the engagement of the United Nations humanitarian organizations and international non-governmental organizations which have been assisting vulnerable populations in this period of crisis, in an independent and neutral manner,” it read.
The embassy also called for the respect of the rights of the civilian populations and the humanitarian principles.
It noted that humanitarian actors be protected and that humanitarian aid should arrive without disturbance to all Central Africans within the entire national territory.