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Central African Republic - Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment, January 2014

The upsurge in violence in December has caused massive displacement in the Central African Republic. More than 700,000 new cases of displacement have taken place since September 2014 (including over 500,000 in Bangui), while abuses against the civilian population are pervasive. The economy is reeling, undermining people’s livelihoods. Health and education service provision has collapsed due to looting, and lack of supplies and staff.

Some 2.6m people currently require humanitarian assistance. Priority needs include health, food, protection, and WASH. Immediate survival assistance is urgently required in IDP sites in Bangui. Women’s priority needs are protection, and food.

While a surge in response capacity has taken place since the declaration of the Level 3 emergency in early December, humanitarian access remains extremely challenging due to insecurity. Many communities, especially in rural areas, have not received any external assistance since early December.

Due to the dynamic nature of the crisis, agencies should shift to monitoring systems that would allow them to respond to needs as they change. In-depth sectorial assessments are required especially for shelter, nutrition and food security.