UN: UN releases US$13.2 million for humanitarian aid in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has allocated US$13.2 million for the immediate distribution of life-saving assistance targeting those affected by the ongoing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).

According to a statement in New York on Tuesday, OCHA, the UN's Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in CAR has released US$13.2 million to help support local aid agencies deliver clean water, education, healthcare, livelihoods support, nutrition, protection, and shelter to people displaced by violence, returnees, refugees and vulnerable host communities.

Mr. Aurelien Agbenonci, the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, stated: "Thanks to donors who have contributed in 2015, this CHF allocation allows humanitarian partners to continue helping thousands of displaced people and host families."

"However, it is only 3% of the US$415 million we need by the end of the year if we are to save more lives and reach all people in acute need in 2015." he noted.

He said: "Our goal is to make sure aid gets to those who need it the most and as quickly as possible."

The UN official also said the allocation of funding as "necessary", noting that the financing would ultimately help those "worst affected by violence, disease and displacement".

But, Mr. Agbenonci added that more and more funds would still be required to continue to meet affected people's needs over the coming months.

Also, OCHA has confirmed that overall some 2.7 million people in the CAR remain in direct need of "urgent humanitarian assistance".

More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in CAR amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian.

In addition, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to operate in the south-eastern part of the country.

The UN estimates that some 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country, while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 11Aug2015

11 august 2015 13:34:14




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