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Central African Republic: EU scales up humanitarian aid

Central African Republic: EU scales up humanitarian aid - © UNICEF/Pierre Holtz
11/07/2013  - 

The European Commission will increase its humanitarian aid by €8 million to the Central African Republic (CAR), Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva announced today in the capital Bangui during a joint visit with Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Commissioner Georgieva and Baroness Amos are visiting CAR amid acute instability and a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country. The additional funding will bring the EU's emergency relief to CAR so far this year to €20 million.

"The entire population of more than four million people is affected by the ongoing crisis andsuffer as a result of looting and violations of human rights," said Commissioner Georgieva. "The situation is rapidly deteriorating. We must act now."

Since last December conflict in CAR has led to the internal displacement of 206,000 people and nearly 55,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. Humanitarian organisations are facing exceptionally challenging circumstances in their efforts to reach affected communities and provide relief and protection.