A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Central African Republic
Since 2013, the Central African Republic has experienced a major political crisis which has resulted in a violent conflict that has affected nearly the entire population and has left some 2.3 million people, over half the population, in dire need of assistance. This continuing conflict has displaced tens of thousands of people both internally within the country and within neighboring states.
As this insecure situation worsens, many families are struggling to meet their basic needs.
Oxfam in the Central African Republic
Oxfam has been present in the capital city Bangui since January 2014 and in Bria since August of the same year.
Our team of local and international staff based in the Central African Republic are supported by technical consultants from across Oxfam’s network. They are experts in running humanitarian programs in the fields of water, sanitation, hygiene, food security and livelihoods as well as elements of security and gender.
In Bangui our work includes production and supply of water, principally by truck, to internal displacement camps, repair and maintenance of sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities. Since the end of 2014, we have been working to enable the conditions necessary for displaced persons to return to their locations of origin. In addition, we have begun a new program in the area of food security and protection.
In Bria, where we began operating in August 2014, our work focuses on meeting the immediate needs of the population. Our work includes water and sanitation projects (drilling, repair of water points, construction of lavatories) and access to food and other basic necessities (distribution of food coupons, hygiene kits, cooking utensils, distribution of seeds, support of vegetable cultivation and promotion of good practices in hygiene and nutrition).
Today, the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to face a serious crisis whose violent effects on the civilian population can still be felt. Despite peaceful presidential and legislative elections in March 2016, a large part of the territory remains under the control of armed groups which continue to perpetrate violence against civilians. One in six Central Africans remain displaced and half the population of 4.8 million is in need of humanitarian aid.
Last updated on 15/11/2016