The humanitarian crisis 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 internally and in neighbouring countries.
The European Commission has worked hard to bring much-needed attention to this crisis. Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has been to CAR three times since the emergency began.
The EU is the largest provider of relief assistance to the country, with more than €94 million this year. 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. A team of European humanitarian experts is on the ground, monitoring the situation and working closely with partner organizations to ensure that aid reaches those who need it most.
Humanitarian workers have been attacked and 16 of them have been killed in the course of the last year. Humanitarian operations take place amidst extreme insecurity and access restrictions. The European Commission calls on all parties to allow humanitarian organisations to reach the victims of this crisis.