Central African Republic: WFP Assists Families Displaced By Conflict
The armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, increasing humanitarian needs in a country already struggling with high levels of food insecurity.
Many people affected by fighting have fled to the town Bossangoa, in the west of CAR. Once they arrive, they choose a spot near friends or family and build shelters for themselves out of sticks and canvas.
Close to 395,000 people are currently displaced because of conflict and about half are considered ‘food insecure’. At this food distribution in Bossangoa, on Nov 4, women are having their names checked against the list of registered IDPs.
Representatives of displaced families line up at the WFP distribution site in Bossangoa to receive their food rations, which include rice, flour, split peas and cooking oil.
A young girl receives her ration of split peas. She is lucky to be receiving international aid because many of those who have fled their homes cannot be reached. They are hiding in the bush out of fear.
Two boys take their food rations back to their family’s shelter at the Bossangoa camp. The numbers of displaced here and in other relatively calm areas could increase in the coming months if violence persists.
A displaced family sit outside their shelter in Bossangoa, preparing a meal. For now they have few sources of food other than what they receive from WFP. The children need to receive nutritious food so as to avoid compromising their growth and development.
Three boys eat some of the rice they received from WFP. By the end of 2013, WFP plans to have reached a total of 500,000 people through a range of different food assistance programmes in CAR.
To ensure continued food assistance in CAR, WFP needs an additional US$20 million. Countries that have already supported WFP’s work in CAR in 2013 include Canada, European Commission, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, UK, Sweden and USA. For information on WFP assistance in CAR, see the interactive map.
The armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, increasing humanitarian needs in a country already struggling with high levels of food insecurity. By the end of 2013, WFP plans to have reached a total of 500,000 people in the country.