CAR gets an additional $10 million to support critical aid operations

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Food distribution by CAR Red Cross in Obo town @ICRC/M Kokic

Beneficiaries receive food from volunteers of the Central African Red Cross during an ICRC distribution near Obo town, in Haut Mbomou. © ICRC / M. Kokic /

The Central African Republic (CAR) has been allotted $10 million in additional funds to support critical life-saving aid operations

The money came from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is in humanitarian emergencies .

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos who allocated the funds, explained that the needs in the country are tremendous and that aid workers are being forced to prioritize the delivery of assistance.

An estimated 714,000 people across the country are displaced, according to Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson.

"Nearly 300,000 of them are in the capital, Bangui, seeking refuge in 69 displacement sites. In the northwest of the country, anti-Balaka and Seleka groups continue to commit atrocities against communities. Entire villages have been looted and burned, forcing communities to flee to the bush or towards neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon."

A total of $207 million in humanitarian funding to the CAR was pledged by 24 donors at the meeting in Brussels on 20 January, said Nesirky.

Only 28 per cent of pledges have been committed or disbursed.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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