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Central Africa Republic
Assistance to support & protect war affected vulnerable communities in the Central African Republic – CAF131 Rev.1
Appeal Target: US$ 5,673,206
Balance Requested: US$ 4,572,577
This revised appeal replaces the appeal issued on 20 August 2013.
Geneva, 20 December 2013
The situation in Central Africa Republic has deteriorated further since 5 December 2013 when anti-Balaka militia attacked the capital, Bangui, and the north western town of Bossangoa. The number of IDPs in CAR increased from an estimated 94,000 in January 2012 to 614,000 by the end of December 2013. More than 220,562 took refuge in other countries, more than 68,256 fleeing to DRC, Congo, Cameroon and Chad in the last weeks of December.
Currently, 1.6 million people are in need of assistance across the country and the government is struggling to provide basic services. Many displaced people lack access to justice, legal advice and non-violent mechanisms for conflict resolution. In addition, many IDPs are at risk of statelessness as they do not possess civil-status or identity documents. Basic needs include nutrition, protection, health care, water, sanitation and shelter. Combating sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is important as harmful traditional practices continue to endanger women and girls.
Aside from the critical protection concerns, the crisis has caused further deterioration in the already weak health sector and there is a major food and nutrition security crisis. The widespread civil insecurity caused a sharp reduction in 2013 crop production and is likely to severely impact the 2014 cropping season.
On 11 December, the IASC Principals reviewed CAR against the criteria for activating a Humanitarian System-Wide Level 3 Emergency Response (‘Level 3/ L3 activation’) and agreed to classify the crisis as a Level 3 emergency, on a three-month basis.
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