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The population of the Central African Republic (CAR), 4.6 million people, is affected by a severe humanitarian crisis following a coup and subsequent political instability. This forgotten political crisis threatens to destabilize the whole of Central Africa.
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- Over 60,000 children and families are suffering from severe food shortages.
- Over 200,000 children and families have been forced to flee their homes over the last six months and require emergency shelter, food and medical care.
- Most health clinics throughout the country have been closed for more than 6 months, and the population is deprived of the most basic services.
- Up to 1 million children are reported to be uot of school and hundreds of thousands of children have missed out on nearly an entire school year due to security related closures.
- Children, girls in particular, are exposed to a wide range of abuse, sexual and gender based violence and early marriages.
- Given the lack of services diarrhea and malaria are likely to take a huge toll on the 800,000 children under the age of 5.
- Thousands of children are among the ranks of armed groups and forces and children continue to be recruited.
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
- Population: 5,166,510
- Infant Death Rate: 95.04 deaths/1,000 live births
- Life Expectancy: 50.9 years
- Poverty Rate: 62.8%
- Underweight Children: 28%
- Human Development Rank: 180
- Maternal Death Risk: 890 deaths/100,000 live births
- Girls' Education: 5 years
- Clean Water Access: 67% of population
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 June 2013