Yesterday, Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, and H.E. Mr Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic (CAR), had a meeting in Brussels to discuss the humanitarian situation in the CAR and the needs that vulnerable people in the country are facing.
“The Central African Republic is at a critical crossroads as concerns peace in the country. It is a moment to be seized by the CAR so that humanitarian actors have the safety and stability needed to address needs. Through its humanitarian aid, the EU is committed to continuing supporting organisations helping the people affected by the multiple humanitarian crises in the CAR. However, it is only peace and reconciliation that can provide a long-lasting solution to the current challenges,” said Commissioner Lenarčič.
Ahead of the upcoming general elections in the CAR, this meeting comes at a crucial point in the country’s trajectory and its efforts to create stability.
The EU is one of the main donors of humanitarian aid in the CAR. Since 2014, the EU has supported humanitarian action in the CAR with more than €215 million. The CAR is also the first country to which the EU operated its Humanitarian Air Bridge flights in May 2020 as part of its global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
After 7 years of conflict, more than half of the population in the CAR is in need of humanitarian aid. The insecurity and violence affecting the country has uprooted many people from their homes. Most displaced people rely on humanitarian assistance for their survival.
The food security situation has seriously deteriorated because of the renewed conflict between armed groups, low agricultural yields, and the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus prevention measures.
As part of its long-standing solidarity with the people in need in the Central African Republic, through its humanitarian aid, the EU is also supporting 15 projects in 2020 with a total funding of €22.7 million. This funding is going towards providing life-saving assistance, such as food, shelter, access to health care and sanitation, clean water and education, to the most vulnerable people.