Central African Republic

Central African Republic Children

About the Central African Republic

Extreme violence ripples through the Central African Republic (CAR), forcing hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes in search of refuge, and overwhelming the already weak State’s capacity to respond. The violence is causing deep social fractures and huge rifts between communities – rifts which were relatively new to the country and left many communities traumatized. The country remains in the grip of a major humanitarian crisis affecting 2.5 million people in CAR itself (over half of the population), half of them children. Half a million people remain displaced within the country, while more than 400,000 people have sought refuge in neighboring States.

Facts About
Central African Republic

More than 4.9 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 7 years

139 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of less than $1 a day

Our Work

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.

Our Work in
Central African Republic

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 9,407
from harm

supported 112,033
in times of crisis

provided 102,626 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 42,840 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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