The United Nations and the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) have launched a US$400 million response plan for the 2017-2019 period to meet the basic needs of 2.2 million Central Africans.

According to a UN statement, the response plan, with a budget of US$399.5 million, covers three strategic objectives.

They are to save more lives, strengthen the protection of affected populations and preserve human dignity by restoring access to basic social services and livelihoods.

The UN noted that the security situation in CAR had deteriorated particularly in the second half of 2016, with a growing number of hot spots.

It said the degradation had generated new humanitarian emergencies and exacerbated the vulnerability of more than 70,000 newly displaced people.

Dr. Michel N'da Konan Yao, Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, said: "This situation comes at a time of an already unfavourable international economic situation for financing humanitarian action."

"New crises arise elsewhere in the world and attract the attention of donors because of their acuity and their dreadful effects on civilian populations," he said.

The statement disclosed that, Virginie Baikoua, CAR's Minister for Social Affairs and National Reconciliation and Yao called on donors to increase their engagement with the country in order to consolidate the achievements made during previous years and respond to new emergencies.

It also said that a strong advocacy campaign is also under way to ensure that CAR is not a forgotten or neglected crisis.

In 2016, as of December only 36.2 per cent of the Humanitarian Response Plan amounting US$531.5 million was not funded. In 2017, US$128.5 million will be dedicated to food security.

Clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013.

Despite significant progress and successful elections, CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest.


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