Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic
Far from the international spotlight, the lives of Central Africans remain in turmoil. Nearly 2 years of violent civil strife between two groups battling for political control has paralyzed community life with fear, grief and attack on civilians.
In March of 2013, a coalition of rebel groups joined forces to overthrow the president, whom they accused of failing to abide by peace agreements.
Since the violence started, more than 5,000 people have been killed, with the death toll rising daily. Nearly 1 million people have fled their homes to escape the violence, and a reported half of the country’s population is in need of help.
While communities have been split along religious lines, there are many other reasons driving the violence, like poverty and unemployment.
Catholic Relief Services is working with local partners to assist those in need, Christians and Muslims alike. CRS is providing emergency food assistance, essential shelter and living supplies, trauma counseling, and seeds and tools for farmers so they can restart their livelihoods. We are also working with religious leaders of all faiths and interfaith youth groups to help them spread the message of peace and reconciliation.
Your gift will enable us to reach even more innocent people with lifesaving services, sustaining them until the situation is stable enough for them to return home and restart their lives.
But we desparately need your support. Please give generously to help families in Central African Republic!
CRS staff in the Central African Republic report that the greatest needs are food, shelter, medical assistance, livelihood support, and protection of women and children. CRS is supporting people like Yazam Lionnee, a great-grandmother, with food vouchers that they can exchange for food. Photo by Sam Phelps for CRS