The United Nations says the Central African Republic is in a desperate humanitarian situation, with more than half of the nearly five million inhabitants in need of urgent assistance.
CAR was on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.
Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Action in the Central African Republic, Vedaste Kalima told reporters that the situation has completely deteriorated since late December following the post-election violence.
“More than half of the population is in food shortage, with 1.8 million in acute humanitarian need, and the situation has completely deteriorated since late December following the post-election violence and subsequent clashes between the regular army and the various armed groups, which has created new internal displacements. Whether it is the Armed Forces or the blue helmets,” Kalima told Euronews.
He added that: “We ask that the existing means be reinforced to guarantee security, and not only the security of the population because the population needs this security, especially the populations weakened by this violence. They also need to be assisted by those who provide assistance, the humanitarians.”