Amid the continuing crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), the European Union is again transporting urgently needed humanitarian assistance into the country. Today, a plane ferried 80 tons of relief supplies from Nairobi, Kenya into the CAR capital, Bangui, including emergency shelter, blankets and basic household items such as soap and kitchen utensils.
"The humanitarian needs created by this crisis are huge - the entire population is affected," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. "Only a few days ago we raised nearly half a billion dollars in pledges to bring yet more aid to the long-suffering Central Africans. We will continue to do all we can for as long as it takes. As violence continues and the needs remain enormous, security and humanitarian access to the most vulnerable, both in and outside the capital, is an urgent priority."
Half of the 4.6-million-strong population of CAR is in need of immediate aid. Almost a million people have been internally displaced and more than 245 000 are refugees.
The EU is the largest provider of relief assistance to the country. In addition to funding humanitarian operations, the Commission has organised repeated airlift operations into the country to facilitate the deployment of relief material and personnel.