UN and EU humanitarian chiefs call for increased humanitarian aid for CAR

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Bangui, CAR, April 2013: About 3,000 people received food rations at this WFP distribution in the grounds of the community hospital in Bangui. Credit: WFP/Herve Serefio

The top humanitarian officials of the United Nations and the European Union on Friday expressed deep concern about the plight of the people affected by instability across the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for increased humanitarian access to people in need of urgent aid.

UN Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and the European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva are on a two-day mission in the CAR to see first-hand the humanitarian situation for the affected people who are in dire need of food, protection, health care, water and sanitation, shelter and other assistance.

Speaking in the capital Bangui, Ms. Amos says "The entire population of 4.6 million people is affected by the crisis. Half of those are children. The humanitarian needs are huge and increasing with 1.6 million people in need of assistance". She adds that "Security is a major concern and the UN is working hard to re-establish its presence and programmes in different part of the country”.

Commissioner Georgieva called on the authorities in the CAR to "urgently re-establish the rule of law so that regular aid streams can be restored". She says “An estimated 35 per cent of the population is particularly vulnerable and in need of life-saving assistance".

At the same time, she announced "additional funding of €8 million, which brings EU funding to €20 million this year," adding "clearly the international community needs to do more."

Ms. Amos and Ms. Georgieva met with the Head of the transition Michel Nondokro Djotodia and members of the transitional government and urged authorities to guarantee that humanitarian organisations can carry out their programmes.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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