About 3 Million People In Central African Republic In Need Of Humanitarian Assistance- UNOCHA

The Russian-Ukraine war is already aggravating the food crisis in the Central African Republic and it is feared that the situation will be worse in the coming months.

In the Central African Republic, more than 60 per cent of the population, which is about three million people, are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

“The crisis risks aggravating in the coming months because of the Ukrainian crisis,” the UN agency revealed, adding that the price of wheat has gone up by 36 per cent in the country in the last two weeks and could rise by 30 per cent again between now and August.

Within the period from April to Aug. 2022, which corresponds to the hunger period in most parts of the agro-climatic zones of the country, UNOCHA estimates that a total of 2.2 million people, which constitutes 45 per cent of the population analysed, face severe food insecurity.

It said these figures are among the highest that the Central African Republic has ever recorded, thus confirming the persistence of a high prevalence of severe food insecurity.

“It is urgent to intensify the humanitarian response,” UNOCHA said, revealing that the 2022 humanitarian response plan could only raise 20 per cent of the 461 million US dollars envisaged.

The population in the Central African Republic is permanently exposed to violence perpetrated by all the parties involved in conflict which forces the population to be displaced.

In March this year, the recapture of most of the provincial urban centres by government forces enabled the return of about 632,000 internally displaced persons to their various homes, according to the latest report of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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