These projects will bring much-needed food and support to displaced families and lone children who have been forced to flee their homes in the Central African Republic to the neighbouring countries of Cameroon and Chad.
Our priority is to help unaccompanied children in desperate need of care. We will also provide support to new and expectant mothers, and in total we hope to reach 10,000 of those worst-hit across all three countries. As the crisis worsens, SOS Children and others are working to prevent a humanitarian disaster.
A decade of violence comes to a head
People in the Central African Republic have lived amid violence for much of the past decade. Ongoing political instability in the region has led to disastrous consequences, leaving 80,000 people hungry and 3.2 million without basic healthcare. The situation has deteriorated in 2013 and in March the Seleka rebel group overthrew President Bozize.
The lootings, killings and poor passage of goods that followed have caused many to leave their homes. In 2013 alone, 173,000 people have been forced to flee, with 49,000 now living homeless in Chad and Cameroon.
Of the 4.6 million people affected in total, half are children, and increasing numbers of vulnerable young people are arriving at refugee camps in urgent need of protection. A leading UN body estimates that half of all children across the country are in need of food, while two in three families have no access to healthcare.
SOS Children ready to help
SOS Children has been a continuous presence in the Central African Republic for more than two decades. During this time, we have amassed a team of well over 300 local childcare experts here as well as in Chad and Cameroon. Our five medical centres alongside our social centres and other key facilities are located close to the areas of greatest need, leaving us poised to delivering high-quality care to those who need our help.
Thanks to last year’s emergency response in Chad, six thousand people escaped disaster. We provided a range of support, including counselling to help people cope with the worst psychological effects of conflict.
Targeting Bouar and Bangui, refugee camps in eastern Cameroon and the Chad town of Gore, SOS Children will provide food for refugees as well as nourishment to under fives, pregnant women and new mothers. We will do all we can to protect lone children separated from their families by the violence.
With over 21 years of experience supporting children and families in the Central African Republic, SOS Children has the skills and the resources needed to help those experiencing the worst consequences of violence.
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