Urgent humanitarian aid needed in north-east CAR

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Claire Bourgeois (centre). Photo: OCHA/John James.

Food, health services and education are urgently needed in the Vakanga province, in the north-east of the Central African Republic or CAR, the UN Senior Humanitarian Coordinator to the country has warned.

Claire Bourgeois visited the region over the weekend.

Nearly a million people in CAR are displaced and 2.5 million are in need of immediate assistance, according to the UN.

Farhan Haq is the UN Deputy- Spokesperson.

"The Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Claire Bourgeois, visited the north-east of the country this weekend with representatives of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, agencies and partners. They travelled to Vakaga province which has suffered from years of instability, violence and chronic insecurity, while its geographical remoteness and poor infrastructure have cut it off from the rest of the country. They found that the most urgent needs are food, health support and education. Ms Bourgeois said that some people fled Bangui to get to this remote area."

Ms Bourgeois said that it was imperative to secure access for convoys delivering aid supplies from Bangui and to increase protection programmes.

If not, she warned, there could be a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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