The Central African Republic (CAR) is the scene of a desperate and massive humanitarian crisis. The European Commission is working hard to attract much-needed attention to this hot spot and to bring relief to the suffering population.
Today, the humanitarian crisis is unprecedented in its scale: it affects the entire population (4.6 million people). Half of them need urgent humanitarian aid (food, healthcare, water, shelter). Nearly a million people are displaced.
The European Commission has worked hard to bring much-needed attention to this crisis. The European Union is the largest donor of humanitarian aid: together, the Commission and Member States have committed over €76 million in 2013 (€39 million of which – from the Commission).
For this year, the Commission's humanitarian aid funding has been scaled up to €45 million. The aid targets the most acute needs of the population such as shelter, food, health, protection, water, sanitation and hygiene.
The EU has also organised several airlifts of relief items and aid workers to the country.
Due to high insecurity, humanitarian aid is delivered in very difficult conditions and humanitarian workers have been killed on the ground. The European Commission calls on all parties to allow humanitarian organisations to reach the victims who need their help.
A quick restoration of stability and order is critical to ensuring humanitarian access to the affected populations. The ongoing intervention of France in support of African forces is crucial for the protection of civilians. The Commission hopes that it will contribute to the safe access of humanitarian workers to the people who desperately need their help.