UNICEF report on the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic – Reporting period: 01 January to 31 December 2021 – Central African Republic

In 2021, humanitarian needs in the Central African Republic (CAR) have increased again. The resurgence of armed violence and the slowdown in the Central African economy have left most of the population in a vulnerable position. Access to people in need of humanitarian assistance remained generally difficult throughout the year, due to military operations, the dispersal and disorganization of the main armed groups and the emergence in the northwest the threat of explosive devices making access more difficult, killing and injuring people. .

Despite multiple challenges, UNICEF’s humanitarian response has been able to continue uninterrupted. Among other highlights:

  • over 114,000 conflict-affected children benefited from games and recreational activities through UNICEF-supported Child Friendly Spaces and 1,468 children formerly associated with armed forces and groups received reintegration services;

  • the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) exceeded its annual targets and reached 227,638 people newly affected by the crisis with essential household items and 178,664 with WASH;

  • 127,173 children and mothers received free essential care;

  • approximately 30,000 children under 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were treated;

  • approximately 114,000 people had access to drinking water and – more than 150,000 children had access to education.

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