UNICEF Central African Republic Humanitarian Situation Report, June 2017 – Reliefweb

Highlights

  • Since violence started in early May, 60,000 people have fled from lower CAR over the border into DRC. As a result, a total of 102,802 CAR refugees are currently registered in DRC.

  • The number of IDPs in CAR increased by 14 per cent to 503,600 in one month due to clashes and attacks by armed groups in the Eastern part of the country.

  • Significant gaps to ensure the coverage of nutrition response in the unsecured hot spots, especially in the localities surrounding Bangassou and Kouango. There is limited funding for nutrition activities (only 24% of UNICEF HAC and 5.6% of HRP target funded).

  • End of year exams were held in June and overall, the pass rate for children participating in the Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) was over 89 per cent. In Bambari and Kaga Bandoro, 100 per cent of children (final year of primary school) who took the exam, passed.
    This is a significant achievement, demonstrating the success and quality of learning in Education in Emergencies programming.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The violence observed in recent months has reached a level unprecedented since the height of the crisis in August 2014. Clashes between armed groups and violence against civilians and MINUSCA peacekeeping forces have affected humanitarian access and operations. Population movements have been taking place in very remote and inaccessible areas – many times without road access due to purposely destroyed bridges by armed groups and the ongoing rainy season. At the same time, the fragmentation and extreme violence of some armed groups make it difficult to engage and negotiate access. Humanitarian assessment and response missions are therefore increasingly difficult to carry out. Current hotspots are mainly in the East in areas such as Bria, Alindao, Mobaye, Bangassou, Zemio, Zangba and Kembe.

UNICEF supported the revision of the Central African Republic Humanitarian Response Plan 2017-2019 (CAR HRP) through the Inter Cluster Coordination (ICC) framework. Though the plan was to review the HRP every six months, the revision was due to the rapidly declining humanitarian situation since November 2016. Key revisions focused on adjusting targets and priority zones on the basis of the renewed violence in the country. The amended HRP has increased its aim to meet the vital needs of 1.8 million people (from 1.6) out of 2.4 million people in need (from 2.2), with a budget of 497.3 million USD (up from 399.5). UNICEF CAR will revise the Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC 2017) in July to be in line with the revised HRP.

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