Crisis in the Central African Republic

In a neglected emergency, children need aid, protection – and a future

Odia, living for the past four months at the Centre de Transit et d'Orientation (CTO), a UNICEF-supported reintegration centre for children associated with armed groups, in Kasaï region
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Highlights

Five years after Bangui descended into bloodshed, life in the Central African Republic is even harsher and more dangerous for children. Despite the escalating crisis, international funding and attention are critically low. The report Crisis in the Central African Republic: In a neglected emergency, children need aid, protection – and a future” finds that:

  • 1.5 million children now require humanitarian assistance, an increase of 300,000 since 2016.
  • Over 43,000 children below five years old are projected to face an extremely elevated risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2019.
  • One in four children is either displaced or a refugee.
  • Thousands of children are trapped within armed groups; thousands more are subject to sexual violence.
  • Practically every child needs protection from the armed groups who now control four-fifths of the country.
  • The number of attacks against aid-workers more than quadrupled – from 67 incidents in all of 2017 to 294 in just the first eight and one-half months of 2018.
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