Amidst new displacements in CAR, UNICEF running low on life-saving supplies

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Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

With increasing numbers of people displaced by violence across the Central African Republic, UNICEF warns that growing needs will exceed available emergency supplies in the coming weeks.

Since renewed violence broke out in August, more than 44,000 displaced people have received plastic sheeting, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, hygiene kits and soap with UNICEF support.

"Wherever our mobile teams go, they are seeing more people displaced by violence," said Bob McCarthy, UNICEF Emergency Coordinator in Central African Republic. He explains that "Often, families leave everything behind when they flee and many remain in the bush without assistance."

He said "Their needs are more than what was planned for months ago, and we now risk running out of emergency supplies," adding, "Due to the deteriorating situation, what life-saving supplies remain may only last a few more weeks at best."

UNICEF and its partners continue to respond with emergency distributions in the conflict- affected areas in North-West and South-East parts of the country, through the Rapid Response Mechanism. As a result, there is an urgent need to replenish stocks in view of the recent trends in violence and displacement.

Since September 2013, the number of people forced to flee their homes has almost doubled with an estimated 394,000 now displaced. The majority are women and children who are primarily dependent on aid due to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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