Refugee plan in CAR to assist 460,000

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Refugees from CAR. © UNHCR/B.Soko

A regional refugee response plan to assist more than 460,000 fleeing Central Africans has been presented by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners.

The plan appealed for US$331 million to provide essential items such as food, clean water and shelter to the refugees from the Central African Republic.

They have been fleeing mainly to Cameroon and Chad to escape violent militias.

Karin de Gruijl, UNHCR spokesperson, said around 10 per cent of the country's population of 4.5 million now live in exile.

” Nearly 190,000 people have fled the country since the anti-Balaka militia overran the capital Bangui in December 2013. Before that, more than 230,000 people had already fled violence and lawlessness, bringing the total number of refugees from the Central African Republic to some 425,000.”

Last year, UNHCR and partners appealed for US $210 million for Central African refugees.

It was funded at 57 per cent, allowing humanitarian agencies to provide the most basic life-saving assistance.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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