Contribution to the 2014 ICRC Emergency Appeal for the Central African Republic (CAR)
In the Central African Republic (hereafter CAR), Seleka, an alliance of armed groups, took over the capital of Bangui in March 2013 and overthrew the government. In early 2014, the general situation remains volatile; sporadic violence and looting continue throughout the country. Clashes between different armed groups result in further deaths, injuries and displacement among the already vulnerable violence-affected population. The collapse of public services, disruption of agricultural activities, food price hikes and reduced availability of goods compound the difficult conditions for people living in one of the world’s poorest countries.
The ICRC opened a delegation in the Central African Republic in 2007 in the context of the non-international armed conflict in the north. In accordance with its mandate, the main targets of the
ICRC for 2014 in CAR are:
-the authorities and weapon bearers take steps to respect and protect violence-affected people, including by facilitating their access to medical care and other essential services
- wounded and sick people receive adequate medical and surgical care in ICRC-supported hospitals and health centres
- victims of sexual violence receive specialized care while helping to raise awareness of the issue and how such abuses can be further prevented
- some 1,000 detainees in 2 prisons benefit from adequate living conditions thanks to ICRC-supported health services and the rehabilitation of water/sanitation and other infrastructure
- the armed and security forces take steps to integrate IHL and international human rights law into their doctrine, training and operations as part of their reconstruction efforts
- the Central African Red Cross Society strengthens its communication capacities so as to effectively promote humanitarian principles and the work of the Movement
The total budget of the Appeal to which this grant contributes is 23.688,000 CHF.