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Central African Republic
In the News
Ann Curry is on the ground in Central African Republic with Save the Children, where violence has uprooted more than 1 million people. Watch the Interview.
The current humanitarian crisis is affecting 2.3 million children in the Central African Republic. Many children are out of school and have been for the last year, and according to UN figures the number of children associated with armed groups has increased sharply in recent months. Large segments of the population are displaced, and at risk of hunger from the combination of violence and poor harvests. Save the Children is focusing on child protection, health and nutrition programs in country, including facilitating the reopening of one of the capital Bangui’s main hospitals. We are providing child-friendly spaces, hygiene support to internally displaced persons and have reunited children with their parents.
Save the Children's Response
Save the Children is calling to improve access for humanitarian agencies throughout the country, especially in rural areas. Improved security is also vital to enable the most basic services to be restored, such as the reopening of schools and health clinics.
We have also called on the international community to increase funding for aid, with the UN estimating that CAR needs about $130 million worth of aid but has only received donations to cover 43% of that figure.
Central African Republic Facts and Statistics
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children's 2012 State of the World's Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Population, Infant Mortality Rate, Life Expectancy, Girls Education: CIA World Factbook 2013; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program
Last Updated January 2014