An estimated 4.6 million people in Central African Republic affected by crisisListen /
The United Nations Children's fund UNICEF has delivered over 23 tones of essential drugs, water tanks and sanitation facilities to the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic capital city of Bangui.
The consignment which arrived on Monday this week represents one of the first significant deliveries of relief supplies to the Central African Republic following recent weeks of insecurity and looting in which hospitals and health facilities incurred serious losses of medical supplies, equipment and furnishings.
UNICEF says the entire population of the Central African Republic of about 4.6 million people has been affected by the collapse of services and law and order.
Marixie Mercado from UNICEF says over 2.3 million children were particularly vulnerable.
“Initial assements in the Bangui region show that hospitals and health centres have been totally looted and in some cases vandalized. Sanitation equipment has also been looted and garbage has not been collected in the past two weeks. We now estimate that some 650,000 children are shut out of school. We fear that a previous estimate of 13,500 children who would suffer from life threatening malnutrition this year will increase. UNICEF has verified cases of child rights abuses by all parties to the conflict including recruitment into armed groups, gender based violence and denial of humanitarian access.”
UNICEF says it requires an additional 11 million dollars to provide urgent humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic over the next six months.
Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio Geneva.