Half the population in CAR in "dire need of humanitarian aid": UN

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The number of hungry people in Central African Republic (CAR) doubled from 2015-2016, as conflict and insecurity led to limited access to and availability of food. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Half the population of the Central African Republic (CAR) is in dire need of humanitarian assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.

A recent upsurge in violence and the spread of hot spots between September last year and the first quarter of 2017 has brought the number of displaced persons in the country to more than 400,000, the agency says.

One in every five Central Africans is either displaced internally or is a refugee in neighbouring countries.

Jocelyne Sambira has the details.

More than 2 million Central Africans, which represents half of the population, is in need of humanitarian assistance, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao said on Wednesday during a briefing with donors in neighbouring Cameroon.

Funding for the Central African Republic of CAR has been on a "downward trend" since 2014, according to OCHA.

To date only 5 per cent or US$ 19 million of the 399.5 million dollars requested in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for CAR have been met.

Aid workers are major contributors to the delivery of basic social services, like health and education.

Last year's survey showed that 56 per cent of health infrastructure is managed by humanitarian actors.

The lack of adequate funding risks plunging the country into an acute humanitarian crisis on the ground.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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