The conflict-ridden Central African Republic will be the beneficiary of a much-needed assistance package from the European Union after Brussels announced the release of €26.5 million in emergency aid for vulnerable families affected by the humanitarian crisis in the country and its spill-over into neighbouring states.
“The EU is committed to supporting vulnerable families in the Central African Republic and neighbouring countries. Our humanitarian aid will provide essential supplies such as food, water, agricultural support, and healthcare to those in need. Aid operations in the country are often hampered for security reasons and it is vital that humanitarian workers are able to deliver the aid safely.” said the EU’s Commissioner of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
The announced funding comes as some 2.5 million, half of the Central African Republic’s population, are in need of assistance as the crisis has triggered an influx of refugees into neighbouring countries. In order to guarantee the safe delivery of future humanitarian operations, the European Commission is also supporting the UN humanitarian air services to deliver aid across the country.
Since 2014, the European Union and its Member States have mobilised more than €500 million in humanitarian aid for the Central African Republic crisis.
The humanitarian crisis in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), which was once a part of colonial-era French Equatorial Africa with its northern neighbour Chad, erupted in 2014, due to onset violence between armed groups. The CAR has the lowest human development index in the world and very weak central institutions.
As of 2017, half the population is in need of humanitarian aid and the total number of internally displaced people and refugees makes up one-quarter of the overall population.