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The Central African Republic (CAR) is the scene of desperate humanitarian crisis affecting the entire population. The European Commission is working hard to bring much-needed attention to this hot spot and to help bring relief to the suffering people.
Located in the heart of Africa and in a volatile region, CAR has long been suffering from extreme poverty and bad governance, displacement and conflict. Its problems have been deteriorating since early 2013 when intensive fighting and political instability threw the country in complete turmoil.
From bad to worse
The humanitarian crisis is unprecedented in its scale - it affects the entire CAR population (4.6 million people). Even before slipping into disaster, the country has been struggling with grave under-development: one in five children dies before reaching five, and for those who survive, life expectancy is just 48 years. A third of the population has no access to safe drinking water and poverty is endemic.
Yet, there has been little international attention and much-needed assistance to this crisis. In an effort to raise awareness and boost humanitarian aid, Commissioner Georgieva visited CAR in July, together with Valerie Amos, the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator. They saw a desperate situation where hunger, violence and complete failure of medical care and social services were affecting the majority of the population.
The problems have further deteriorated in the last month and the CAR crisis is close to spiralling out of control. Security is a major problem which saps the ability of aid workers to move around and help people in need. Earlier in September, two French relief workers wore killed. Executions, torture, sexual violence, extortion and illegal taxation, pillaging and the destruction of houses and fields are affecting the whole life of the country. An already desperately destitute population is being pushed to the limit.
The urgent needs are to improve security and to step up humanitarian aid for protection, food and healthcare. The European Commission is already doing its part: while visiting CAR, Commissioner Georgieva announced a 150% increase in humanitarian aid - from €8 to €20 million. She is appealing to other donors to roll up their sleeves -
for the sake of the long-suffering population and to avoid the risk of this crisis destabilising the whole region.