UN and EU humanitarian chiefs visit CAR to assess deteriorating humanitarian situation

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Kaga-Bandoro, CAR: An estimated 1.6 million people in the Central African Republic are in need of humanitarian assistance. Credit: IRC

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, is visiting the Central African Republic Thursday and Friday (11-12 July) with Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. Before departing for the Central African Republic, Commissioner Georgieva told UN Radio that the joint trip to the African country is necessitated by the “terrible” humanitarian situation that has worsened “tremendously” since the coup in March:

“Out of 4.6 million population practically everybody is now affected by this conflict and the vast majority of people are in desperate need of help. And yet, help is very difficult to reach out to many-many people because of the fighting that erupts every so often and because of continuous looting, killing and rape of civilians.”

Ms. Georgieva emphasised that it is “paramount” now to bring the world’s attention to the Central African Republic so as not to allow it to turn into another Somalia. She said that the European Commission will increase its humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic from 12 to 20 million Euros this year, noting that this is the largest single donor amount this year.

In addition to financial assistance, Ms. Georgieva said that it is imperative to improve the security situation in the Central African Republic and to provide a larger contingent of international troops to help stabilise the situation on the ground. She said that there is a dire need of humanitarian assistance staff in the remote areas of the country affected by the armed conflict.

Donn Bobb, United Nations Radio.

Duration: 1’35″

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