Central African Republic
Conflict and insecurity in the Central African Republic mean, as of March 2017, more than 890,000 people in Central African Republic – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries
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Geneva Palais Briefing Note: Children in the Central African Republic
GENEVA, 19 December 2017 - This is a summary of what was said by Christine Muhigana, UNICEF Representative in the Central African Republic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic - UNICEF
GENEVA/NEW YORK ,15 August 2017 - This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Donaig Le Du – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Children increasingly targeted in Central African Republic violence
BANGUI/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 18 July 2017 – Months of renewed fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) have led to an increasing number of violent acts committed against children, including murders, abductions, rape and recruitment into armed groups – UNICEF warned today.
Central African Republic: Thousands of children and families in desperate need of humanitarian assistance as violence escalates
BANGUI/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 1 June 2017 – Two planes carrying vital supplies for thousands of families displaced by violence in the Central African Republic were finally able to land earlier today in Bangassou, UNICEF said, after weeks of intensified conflict had blocked the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the southeast.
Urgent action needed to protect children in ‘forgotten crisis’ in Central African Republic: UNICEF
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 5 May 2017 – Without increased support, the lives and futures of more than 1 million children in the Central African Republic are under threat, UNICEF said today.
Central African Republic: Nearly one in five children is a refugee or internally displaced
Bangui/Dakar, 15 November 2016 – As the fragile recovery continues, more than 850,000 people in Central African Republic – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF condemns attacks on teachers in Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 13 October 2016 - Three teachers in training and the director of the Regional Pedagogical Centre were violently killed in Kaga-Bandoro on Wednesday the 12th of October, according to accounts by the Ministry of Education. The Vice President of the Association of Parents was also killed.
UNICEF and partners respond to the cholera outbreak in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 August 2016 - At least 16 people have died in the first cholera outbreak in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2011. The outbreak was declared by the national authorities on 10 August. 66 cases, including at least seven children, are recorded along the Oubangui River.
Central African Republic: UNICEF calls upon presidential candidates to make a strong commitment to children
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 February, 2016 – As Central African voters prepare to cast their ballot on Sunday to elect their next President and members of Parliament, UNICEF is asking the candidates to place the interests of children at the heart of the political agenda by making strong commitments and investing in survival, education and child protection.
Unicef statement on the report of the independent review on sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 17 December 2015 – “We are reviewing the Independent Panel’s Report, especially references to those instances where UNICEF failed to implement its policy on responding to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, in order to draw practical lessons for the future.
More than 1 million children in urgent need of assistance after three years of fighting in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic, 27 November 2015 – An estimated 1.2 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance nearly three years after conflict erupted in the Central African Republic.
Central African Republic: Children brutally targeted in weekend violence
DAKAR, Senegal, 28 September 2015 – Children were deliberately targeted in the latest flare of violence in Central African Republic that killed three dozen people and wounded more than a hundred in the capital Bangui last Saturday.
New release of children by armed group in Central African Republic brings total to more than 600 since May
BATANGAFO, Central African Republic, August 28 2015 – An additional 163 children – including 5 girls - have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic.
Reported rape of a young girl in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 15 August 2015 - Our UNICEF colleagues in the Central African Republic met with the young girl reportedly raped by a UN police officer. While respecting the integrity of the investigation into the incident, it is clear that this child has endured a most brutal ordeal.
Hundreds of children released by armed groups in Central African Republic
BAMBARI, Central African Republic, 14 May 2015 – More than 300 children, including several under 12 years old, have been released from armed groups in the Central African Republic following a UNICEF-facilitated agreement by the groups’ leaders to free all children in their ranks.
Armed groups in Central African Republic agree to release thousands of children
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 5 May 2015 - Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment.
Central African Republic: Two out of five children without vital aid - UNICEF
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.
With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targeted by warring groups, UNICEF said today. Yet many crises no longer capture the world’s attention, warned the children’s agency.
Hundreds of thousands of children in war-torn Central African Republic have chance to restart education - UNICEF
BANGUI/ DAKAR/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 5 December 2014 – Hundreds of thousands of children in conflict-hit Central African Republic – some of whom have missed up to two years of formal education – will have the chance to get back to school as a campaign gets underway. The initiative, supported by UNICEF, aims to help 662,000 children resume their studies, as schools gradually reopen in safer areas of the country.
UNICEF reaching “forgotten children” in Central African Republic
BANGUI, 31 October 2014 – UNICEF is rushing critical supplies to thousands of children forced to flee their homes in Central African Republic (CAR), amid worsening violence and increased attacks against aid workers.
UNICEF distributes half a million mosquito nets amid heavy rains and violence in CAR
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 27 August 2014 – Amid heavy rains and violence UNICEF and partners have distributed more than half a million mosquito bed nets reaching every home in Bangui to protect families from malaria - the leading killer of children under 5 in Central African Republic.
More than 100 children released from armed groups in Central African Republic over past week
BANGUI CAR/DARKAR Senegal, 18 August 2014 – One hundred and three children age 8 to 17 were released over the past week from armed groups in Bangui following negotiations with armed group leaders.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow: “I must have left my heart in the Central African Republic.”
NEW YORK/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 8 July 2014 – Mia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just completed her fourth visit to the Central African Republic where she saw the impact of extreme violence and met people with stories of inspiring courage.
USAID and UNICEF partner to get urgent supplies to conflict-affected children in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 3 July 2014 – A cargo plane carrying over 186 metric tons of emergency supplies for children in conflict-affected Central African Republic (CAR) arrived this week in Bangui. The airlift and supplies, provided by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), include 24,080 buckets, 24,000 wool blankets, 12,000 kitchen sets, 1,090 rolls of plastic sheeting and 28 crates of water bladder kits which will be distributed to highly vulnerable populations. The flight is the first of a two-part airlift to benefit 60,000 vulnerable people. The second airlift is scheduled to arrive in two weeks.
UNICEF and EU improve access to safe water for 800,000 people in Bangui
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 1 July 2014 -The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and UNICEF have improved access to clean water for around 800,000 people in the conflict-hit capital of Bangui in May and June.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
Media Advisory: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
Six months after fighting reaches capital, no end to horror for children in Central African Republic violence: UNICEF
GENEVA/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 13 June 2014 – Six months since intense fighting reached Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, scores of children have been killed, hundreds have been maimed and thousands have been displaced.
Over 1,000 children released from armed groups in Central African Republic this year
BANGUI, Central African Republic / GENEVA, 16 May 2014 - UNICEF and partners have secured the release of over 1,000 children from armed groups in the Central African Republic this year, more than five times the total number of children released in 2013.
Over six months into academic year, most schools remain closed in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 9 May 2014 – More than half way through the 12-month school year, almost two thirds of schools in the Central African Republic remain closed, a recent survey by UNICEF and partners reveals.
UNICEF condemns attack on health facility, killing of aid staff in Central African Republic
DAKAR, Senegal/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 29 April 2014 – “UNICEF is outraged by the attack on a health centre that killed 22 civilians, including three aid workers with the medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in the northern town of Boguila, Central African Republic, on Saturday 26 April.
Three times more children treated for severe acute malnutrition in Bangui hospital than this time last year
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 25 April 2014 – The number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in Bangui’s largest in-patient centre during the first quarter of 2014 has tripled compared to last year, UNICEF said today.
Renewed violence threatens thousands of trapped children in Central African Republic
DAKAR, Senegal 28 March 2014 – With a new wave of fighting and vicious attacks in Central African Republic this week threatening vulnerable families, UNICEF warns that thousands of children, from both Muslim and Christian communities, are especially at risk. UNICEF has confirmed reports of the deaths of at least three children in an attack last night. In the past week of violence, eight children injured by grenade and gunfire have been treated.
UNICEF supplies 150,000 mosquito nets in Bangui as rainy season approaches
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal, 14 March 2014 – Ahead of the rainy season due to start next month in the Central African Republic (CAR), UNICEF is providing 150,000 mosquito bed nets for 75,000 people displaced in the capital, who have lost their homes because of the conflict.
Central African Republic: Drinking water restored to over 183,000 people ahead of the rainy season
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal 5 March 2014 – Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe and chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR).
Over 76,000 people displaced from Central African Republic into Chad facing crisis
N’DJAMENA, Chad/DAKAR, Senegal, 4 March 2014 – As the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic continues to spill over into neighboring countries, UNICEF is raising the alert that more than 76,000 people, mostly women and children, fleeing the violence from CAR into Chad are in urgent need of additional assistance.
Abducted children reunited with family in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 3 March 2014 - Four children – two girls and two boys – were reunited with their father by officials from UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), after being abducted by a militia, during which time they were threatened to be killed.
Horrific cruelty and violence against children in Central African Republic must end: UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR, Senegal, 13 February 2014 – UNICEF officials in the West Africa region said today they are horrified by the cruelty and impunity with which children are being killed and mutilated in the Central African Republic.
Central African Republic: UNICEF and partners set up temporary classrooms for over 20,000 displaced children in capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 4 February 2014 - More than 20,000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, will start classes in temporary learning spaces after violence forced them to flee their homes and closed down their schools.
EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children
NEW YORK, 4 February 2014 – The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Central African Republic’s children urgently need healing, hope and funding, says UNICEF chief
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 20 January 2014 – Over the past 72 hours, senseless violence has resulted in many deaths and created tension throughout the Central African Republic in the lead-up to today’s vote to select an interim president of the country.
Central African Republic: 23 children released from armed groups
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 17 January 2014 – Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days.
UNICEF and partners race to prevent disease outbreak among children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic / DAKAR, Senegal / GENEVA, 8 January 2014 – An emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui is underway at major displacement sites in the capital.
Children being brutalized in the Central African Republic: UNICEF
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 30 December 2013 - Attacks against children have sunk to a vicious new low, with at least two children beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped the capital since early December.
UNICEF: Urgent action needed to prevent child deaths from malnutrition in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 24 December 2013 – Officials in UNICEF Bangui today expressed ‘extreme concern’ that recent waves of violence in the Central African Republic will cause a sharp increase in children suffering severe malnutrition, putting their lives and future health at risk.
Relentless violence against children in the Central African Republic is an affront to humanity: UNICEF
New York/Bangui, 16 December 2013 - As violence continues unabated in the Central African Republic, the horrific killing, abuse and harm being inflicted on children are an affront to humanity, UNICEF said today.
Largest relief airlift lands in Bangui since violence began
BANGUI/DAKAR/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 13 December 2013 - About a week after deadly clashes killed hundreds and displaced many tens of thousands in the capital city of Central African Republic, the largest humanitarian cargo flight arrived in Bangui today carrying 77 metric tons of UNICEF emergency supplies.
UNICEF provides emergency supplies to treat children injured in Central African Republic fighting
BANGUI/DAKAR, 9 December 2013 – UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced.
Children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities
BANGUI/DAKAR/PARIS/GENEVA, 6 December 2013 – One year after the start of the conflict in the Central African Republic, 2.3 million children are affected by the crisis, and children are increasingly becoming the victims of violence and forced recruitment amidst ongoing atrocities.
Central African Republic: UNICEF calls for an investigation into the alleged killings of children
DAKAR/BANGUI, 12 November 2013 – Alarmed by the renewed violence in Central African Republic affecting civilians, in particular women and children, UNICEF today urges the transitional government to carry out a full and immediate investigation into the recent allegations of killings.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 1 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will travel to Central African Republic next week to help highlight the plight of children as new fighting is making an already dire humanitarian situation even more precarious.
Central African Republic: Amidst new displacements, UNICEF running low on life-saving supplies
BOSSANGOA, Central African Republic, 29 October, 2013 – With increasing numbers of people displaced by violence across the Central African Republic, UNICEF warns that growing needs will exceed available emergency supplies in the coming weeks.
Central African Republic: Seventy per cent of school children still not in classrooms
BANGUI, 18 October 2013 – Seven out of 10 primary school students in the Central African Republic have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012, according to a recent survey by UNICEF and partners.
Emergency assistance reaches children and women affected by recent violence in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 1 October 2013 - UNICEF is delivering emergency assistance to some 5,500 families newly displaced by the recent violence in the northwestern prefectures of the Central African Republic. The majority of the displaced are women and children now living in deplorable conditions with no access to safe water, nor shelter.
UNICEF-chartered cargo plane delivers life-saving humanitarian supplies to Central African Republic
BANGUI, 26 July 2013 – A UNICEF-chartered cargo aircraft loaded with 52 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies touched down today in Bangui, Central African Republic.
Snapshot of child misery emerges from UNICEF missions in CAR
GENEVA/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 2 July 2013 – Hundreds of thousands of children across the Central African Republic (CAR) are without nutritious food, basic medicines, medical care and schooling as violence continues in the country, UNICEF said today.
41 children are released from armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 29 May 2013 – Forty-one children were released on 27 and 28 May in the capital Bangui following a series of meetings between UNICEF and the President of the Central African Republic Michel Djotodia. The children are between the ages of 14 and 17, among which seven are girls.
Emergency measles vaccination campaign to protect 125,000 children in Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 21 May 2013 – UNICEF and its partners are mounting an emergency measles vaccination campaign in Bangui, the conflict-hit capital of the Central African Republic, after eight children tested positive for the disease in April.
UNICEF condemns the re-recruitment of child soldiers and killing of a child in Central African Republic
YAOUNDE/BANGUI/GENEVA, 10 May 2013 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the re-recruitment and the killing of a 17-year-old boy.
More children killed in Central African Republic amid escalating violence
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 17 April 2013 – In the face of intensifying violence in the Central African Republic, including on a playing field and at a church, more and more children are being killed and injured, says UNICEF. UNICEF is calling on all armed groups to stop actions that are putting civilian lives at risk, either through fighting or by preventing humanitarian aid reaching those in need.
UNICEF condemns new recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 12 April 2013 – UNICEF has clear evidence of the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic and is warning leaders that such practices represent a grave violation of international law.
UNICEF flies emergency aid to conflict-stricken Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR/GENEVA, 9 April 2013 – A special UNICEF-chartered flight carrying over 23 tonnes of essential drugs, obstetric supplies and water tanks arrived yesterday in conflict-ravaged Central African Republic capital city of Bangui, two weeks after the seizure of power by an armed rebellion.
UNICEF in Central African Republic: 2 million children now affected by conflict and insecurity
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, 29 March 2013 – Following looting and insecurity in the conflict-hit Central African Republic, 2 million children remain without access to basic social services and are exposed to violence. Even more children will be deprived if the situation in the country does not stabilize rapidly.
Central African Republic in turmoil - UNICEF calls on all parties to protect children
GENEVA/BANGUI, 26 March 2013 – The lives of 600,000 children in Central Africa Republic are being seriously affected by the ongoing conflict across the country, UNICEF warned today. The agency called on all parties to lay down their arms and to ensure the wellbeing of children.
UNICEF scales up operations in Central African Republic to reach children in need of assistance because of conflict
BANGUI, 28 January 2013 – UNICEF is working with partners to bring emergency assistance to people in need after weeks of conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) that affected 1.79 million people and left 800,000 in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
UNICEF calls for cessation of child recruitment in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 4 January 2013 – UNICEF said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are...
UNICEF supports emergency evacuation of vulnerable children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, 18 December 2012 ― Following a rebel attack in the Northeast of the Central African Republic and threats of more in surrounding areas...
ECHO gives €1.9 million to UNICEF to respond to sudden emergencies
BANGUI, 2 October 2012 ― UNICEF said today the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) had agreed...
UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah calls for the end of recruitment of children in armed groups in Central African Republic
N’DELE, Central African Republic, 24 August 2012 – At the end of his five-day mission to the Central African Republic, UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by...
Children released by armed group in northern Central African Republic
AKOURSOULBAK, Central African Republic, 22 June 2012 – UNICEF welcomes the release of 32 children by the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace...
The Central African Republic organizes the African Week of Vaccination
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic, 4 MAY 2012 - Following other countries in Africa, the Central African Republic is organizing its African Week of Vaccination from the 4 to 10 May. This is the second round of a campaign that was very successful in April 2011.
Central African Republic launches national immunization campaign to eradicate polio
BENZAMBE, CAR, 24 February 2012 – A national immunization campaign to eradicate polio was launched today in the Central African Republic...
UNICEF responds to new cholera outbreak claiming lives in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 5 October 2011 ― UNICEF is taking part in an emergency response to an outbreak of cholera in two prefectures which has...
Japan grants $12 million to boost education and child survival in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 27 June 2011 – The Government of Japan today donated a grant of US$ 12 million (¥ 998,000,000) to UNICEF to...
New effort by UNICEF, Central African Republic to cut malaria child deaths
BANGUI, 28 May 2010 – More than a million mosquito nets are being distributed in the Central African Republic in a bid to protect children and pregnant women...
UNICEF: Malnutrition among children in southern CAR alarming
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, 11 August 2009 – UNICEF today expressed alarm at the rising rates of acute malnutrition among children...
UNICEF welcomes release of child soldiers and urges further demobilizations in Central African Republic
BANGUI, 7 July 2009 – UNICEF today confirmed the demobilization of 182 children who have been released by the rebel group...
Central African Republic signed child soldiers reintegration agreement
GORDIL/CAR, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF, the Government of Central African Republic (CAR) and the Assembly of the Union of Democratic Forces (UFDR) rebel group have today...
UNICEF has begun negotiations for the release of child soilders in North-Eastern CAR
BANGUI, 18 May 2007 – UNICEF announced on Thursday that negotiations have started with non-state armed groups for hundreds of child soldiers enrolled in the north-east of the Central...
UNICEF mounts an emergency response in Birao following the humanitarian coordination appeal
BANGUI, 21 March 2007 – A major humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR) is prompting UNICEF to launch an emergency response to provide immediate...
UNICEF and Mia Farrow draw attention to critical needs of children in looming humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR, 19 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow and UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, concluded a trip...
Presidential Medal of Honour awarded to Mia Farrow during mission to Central African Republic
BANGUI, 13 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow was today decorated by Central African Republic President, His Excellency Francois Boizize, with...
Massive international effort stops polio epidemic across 10 west and central African countries
Geneva/New York/Atlanta/Evanston, 11 November 2005 - Public health experts have confirmed that a polio epidemic in ten countries in west and central Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Togo - has been successfully stopped. The epidemic has paralysed nearly 200 children for life since mid-2003, but no new cases have been reported in these countries since early June. At the same time, polio eradication efforts are intensifying in Nigeria, where extensive disease transmission continues, as part of a mass polio campaign across 28 African countries beginning today.