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Central African Republic: European Union flies in emergency aid relief

Central African Republic: European Union flies in emergency aid relief
12/12/2013  - 

The European Commission is sending urgently needed medical assistance to the Central African Republic (CAR). A plane carrying 37 tonnes of relief supplies will leave Brussels for the CAR capital Bangui this weekend.

«A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes in the Central African Republic. The entire population is affected - and the number of people displaced in Bangui alone has increased by 130,000 in the space of only a few days. We must get assistance to them now,» said Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

The aid airlift from Europe comes a few days after the Commission established a humanitarian air bridge, opening up a vital line of support between Douala, Cameroon, and the CAR capital Bangui, to ferry humanitarian aid and personnel to the strife-torn country. A CRJ 2000 jet aircraft with a capacity of 50 passengers or five tons of cargo is performing daily rotations between Bangui and Douala, ferrying humanitarian goods and personnel.