About the Emergency
By the Numbers
Nearly all of CAR’s 4.6 million residents have been affected by violence
It is estimated that more than 1 million people have been forced to flee to their homes for safety
840,000 children under the age of 5 have been exposed to malnutrition and a higher risk of mortality
(Source: UNHCR, OCHA)
Civil unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) has hit new highs, and thousands of people—including hundreds of children—have been killed or injured since December 2013. Nearly one in five people have been forced to flee because of the danger.
“I just saw today 10,000 Muslims forced to flee from Bangui and surrounding towns north toward Chad, because they are in fear of their lives,” photographer Marcus Bleasdale reported to National Geographic earlier this year. “They are getting hacked to death, attacked in the streets by mobs, the district they live in and their houses and mosques are being looted and burned, so they have no choice but to leave.”
Even before the violence erupted, the country had long been suffering from harsh conditions. Central African Republic is ranked as the 179th country of 187 in terms of poverty. The new crisis has left many people unable to meet their basic needs. More than half of CAR’s 4.6 Million residents are in desperate need for humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UNOCHA). UNOCHA reported in January 2014 that some 90% of the population were living on just one meal a day because food was not available to buy. The UN’s World Food Program estimates that 1.3 million people (essentially, 25% of the population) are in need of aid.
While there are reports of some 8,000 international peacekeeping groups in CAR, the situation is dire and violence continues.
How Islamic Relief Is Helping
Islamic Relief USA, along with Islamic Relief offices around the globe, are working hard to get projects up and running. IR international teams have been helping refugees and returnees in various ways.
Here is how Islamic Relief USA donors are helping:
EMERGENCY PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT AND EDUCATION FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED CHILDREN IN BANGUI
This project will provide emergency aid for some 8,000 displaced children and adolescents in Bangui, and will include the establishment of child-friendly zones and psychosocial support.