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The European Commission hosts meeting on CAR crisis

The European Commission hosts meeting on CAR crisis © EU/ECHO/Ian Van Engelgem
20/01/2014  - 

The European Commission and OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, are co-chairing a high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Representatives from UN agencies, donor countries, NGOs, the Red Cross family and states of the region have come to the meeting in Brussels today.

They will take stock of the humanitarian challenges in CAR, identify priorities for action in this emergency and work together to make sure that humanitarian organisations have the necessary resources to deliver adequate assistance to the victims of the crisis.

The humanitarian crisis in CAR has escalated in recent months and today affects the entire population of 4.6 million people. Reaching them with assistance is complicated by insecurity and violence. The European Union is the largest donor of humanitarian aid to the victims, with funding of over EUR 76 million in 2013. Thanks to the support of the European Commission, humanitarian aid worth 39 million EUR is flowing into the country.