The European Commission is sending urgently needed supplies to the Central African Republic (CAR) to help with meeting the needs for shelter of the increasing number of the displaced people in the country. A 747 Boeing carrying 20 000 pieces of plastic sheeting has left from Nairobi on Saturday 28 December to deliver the material in the CAR capital Bangui.
"More than 600 000 people have been displaced due to the on-going crisis in the Central African Republic with over 370 000 in the capital, Bangui. They lost their homes and are dependent on our immediate assistance. We are engaging all the means at our disposal to help with humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering," said Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
The shipment will allow to provide temporary shelter for over 100 000 of the displaced persons in Bangui.
The operation is part of the reinforced humanitarian engagement of the European Commission to respond to the emergency needs in the country which is facing its worst crisis since independence. The action comes on top of €39 million for life-saving activities in CAR mobilised by the Commission in 2013. The Commission has also deployed its humanitarian air service ECHO Flight to open up a vital line of support into and out of Bangui and sent a shipment of 37 tons of medical supplies from Europe to the country.