Central African Republic To Get $30 Million More In Aid From U.S.



Published on 24 January 2014


by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

Child Looks Toward French Soldiers Arriving To Evacuate Him
Child Looks Toward French Soldiers Arriving To Evacuate Him

The United States is providing nearly $30 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address urgent needs resulting from the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), for a total commitment of nearly $45 million in humanitarian assistance since increased hostilities in December 2013.

Nancy Lindborg, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistant administrator for democracy, conflict and humanitarian assistance, announced the additional aid January 22 in Brussels, on the heels of a two-day visit to the CAR, according to a USAID news release the same day.

“One-fifth of Bangui is now living in a vast, miserable encampment as terrified citizens seek safety from violence and looting,” Lindborg said. “The U.S. government has urgently ramped up our assistance to help deliver lifesaving food, water and medical help to the more than 2.6 million women, children and men in urgent need throughout the country.”

The funding will provide critical food assistance, medical care and relief supplies to those affected by recent violence and to internally displaced people, as well as those who have fled as refugees to neighboring countries. It will also assist stranded migrants with basic assistance and transportation to their home countries through the International Organization for Migration.

The assistance comes in addition to $24 million in U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the vulnerable in the last fiscal year. The United States remains committed to closely coordinating with the international humanitarian community to meet urgent needs, USAID said.

Through the United Nations World Food Programme, $10 million of the new funds will supply nearly 5,500 tons of vital, regionally purchased food commodities — rice, beans and nutritional supplements — to feed 1.25 million food-insecure people through August 2014, USAID said. The peak hunger season is expected in May, and the nutritious foods provided in this food basket will help prevent malnutrition among more than 315,000 internally displaced and food-insecure people throughout the country, the agency said.

Amidst a cycle of indiscriminate killings, rape and displacement in a country with a collapsed health system, the new funding will also support emergency health care to treat the wounded and provide primary health care services to mitigate endemic diseases like malaria. It will also strengthen rapid response mechanisms, thereby allowing humanitarian organizations to meet needs as they are identified and to address critical humanitarian protection needs among the internally displaced and other vulnerable populations.

Additional funding to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will provide protection and humanitarian assistance to some 86,400 CAR refugees who have fled to neighboring countries since January 2013, USAID said.

With relief efforts hampered by violence and limited infrastructure, new U.S. assistance will also support vital coordination, security and logistical operations to help ensure urgent assistance reaches those most in need.

Lindborg announced the additional funding at a high-level international meeting on humanitarian action in the Central African Republic taking place in Brussels. She had traveled there immediately following her visit to CAR, where she visited both Bangui and Bossangoa and met with religious, civil society, human rights, media and women leaders, along with the United Nations and international and local humanitarian partners.

U.S. humanitarian assistance for CAR comes in addition to $101 million in support for restoring security in the country and nearly $7.5 million to support conflict mitigation, reconciliation and peace building, including interreligious peace-building efforts through USAID’s Complex Crises Fund and Human Rights Grants Program, announced on December 19, 2013.

“The United States remains grateful for the important contributions made by the African Union, regional states, and France, and is committed to supporting their efforts. We will continue working actively to help end the violence,” USAID said.

For more information, please visit USAID’s Web page on the U.S. response to the crisis in the Central African Republic.

 


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Posted 2014-01-24 07:50:00