Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has received Nicolas Tiangaye, the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), to discuss the humanitarian emergency in the country. Needs rose significantly after a violent coup earlier this year which uprooted nearly 200 000 people and turned another 35 000 into refugees.
Commissioner Georgieva expressed the European Union's concern about the situation in the country, where insecurity is preventing humanitarian organisations from delivering essential aid. She underlined how important it is to protect women and children against rape and the recruitment of child soldiers. The Commissioner expressed hope that the Transitional Government will urgently restore order so that relief can reach the victims of violence and displacement.
The European Commission is a leader among humanitarian donors in CAR. In February it allocated an additional €4 million for the current crisis. The total humanitarian aid funding for this year is €12 million.