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Number Of IDPs In Central African Republic Reaches 669,791

The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Central African Republic has increased from 664,491 to 669,791 in the last one month.

The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Central African Republic has increased from 664,491 to 669,791 in the last one month.

The Central African Republic National Commission for the Movement of the Population, revealed that 178,356 of these IDPs were housed in special sites created for displaced persons, while 483,464 others are living with benevolent compatriots as of Nov. 30, 2021. 

In Oct. 2021, 664,491 persons were internally displaced with 181,027 living in special sites created for IDPs

Besides the 669,791 individuals who are internally displaced, there are hundreds of thousands of other Central African Republic nationals who have moved to neighbouring countries due to increased violence in the country.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has, however, expressed concerns over the recent spike in violence perpetrated by Anti-Balaka militia in the prefecture of Ouaka since the beginning of December 2021.

The violence is forcing thousands of persons to abandon their homes for IDP sites fixed for and local families kind enough to welcome them.

The UNHCR has expressed the fear that the resurgence of violence in certain provincial towns may bring about shortages in supplies in the national capital Bangui.

According to the UNHCR, humanitarian needs are very high but the volatile security context curtails the ability of humanitarian actors on the ground to render the needed services.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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