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Central African Republic: Fragility and poverty

23-05-2013 Feature

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the most neglected. Months of conflict have had a severe impact on the population.

From December to March an uprising swept across the country, leading to the ousting of the previous government amid violent scenes in the capital Bangui. In the weeks that followed, our deputy head of mission travelled to Bangui to reinforce the ICRC operation. She brought back these images and a telling interview with Georgios Georgantas, our head of delegation in the CAR. Mr Georgantas outlines the impact that conflict has had on the lives of ordinary people, underlines the need for a return to stability and speaks of the need to ensure humanitarian organizations have sufficient funds for their vital work in a country that is often far from the front pages.