With the upsurge in violence and spread of hot spots, the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is deteriorating and unlike other conflict – stricken countries like South Sudan and Syria, CAR seemed to have leapfrogged the aforementioned according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

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Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

The Central African country plunged into violence since September 2016 up to the first quarter of 2017, more than 100,000 newly displaced people have been registered, bringing the number of IDPs to 402,240 in the country according to the report. This implies that one in every five Central Africans is either displaced internally or is a refugee in neighboring countries.

The Minister of Humanitarian, Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua and the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao, at a briefing session for donors on the humanitarian situation held on 15 March 2017 in Yaoundé, Cameroon said, CAR should not be left as a forgotten or neglected country. “Let us not leave Central African Republic to become a forgotten or neglected crisis by the International Community”

Syria under Bashar al-Assad and South Sudan under Salva Kiir are the countries which have seen the horrendous carnage and human debris of man-made economic and political turmoil. As the mess triggered by the west continues to rock parts of Africa and Middle East, Faustin-Archange Touadéra is failing to protect his people from the dirty jawbones of bellicose bullies.

In this regard, Michel Yao and Virginie Baikoua reiterated their call for continued generosity of donors to better respond to the new needs. This will also allow partners to respond to new and protracted emergencies in the country. “Such will help us to rewrite a new narrative to the rest of the world and a new hope for the Central Africans” concluded Virginie Baikoua.

Read the official report by the NRC here