CAR: facts and figures, June to September 2013
25-09-2013 Facts and Figures
The renewed outbreak of violence that swept the north-west of the Central African Republic in September has been the deadliest the country has experienced since March. Against a backdrop of mounting humanitarian needs, the ICRC and the Central African Red Cross Society are redoubling their efforts to bring aid to the people hardest hit.
From June to September 2013, the ICRC:
- enabled 24,000 people, most of them pregnant women or young children, to receive health care from its mobile medical teams;
- helped Central African Red Cross volunteers deal with mortal remains and administer first aid in the aftermath of clashes that took place in Bouca and Bossangoa, in the north-west of the country, and in Boy Rabe and other neighbourhoods in Bangui;
- ransferred 25 seriously injured people by air or by road from remote areas to the capital;
- provided malaria prevention measures and treatment for 450 people every week on average in Birao and Obo (malaria is the leading cause of death in the country).
Clean water and hygiene
- improved access to clean drinking water for more than 50,000 people by sinking seven wells in Birao and four bore holes in Bambari and by carrying out maintenance work on the water system in Ndélé;
- built more than 130 latrines for the 162 families accommodated in the Nana-Outa camp for displaced people and distributed hygiene items there;
- upgraded seven pumps in the prefectures of Nana-Gribizi and Haut-Mbomou in order to enhance access to clean drinking water.
Food, farm supplies and basic necessities for displaced people
- distributed food and essential supplies to 4,000 people in Bouca who lost everything when their homes were destroyed by fire or looted;
- distributed food aid to more than 9,000 people who had to flee violence committed by armed men in the Nana-Gribizi and Ouham areas;
- distributed food, seed and farming tools to almost 3,000 people harmed by violence in the Ndélé area, in the north of the country;
- provided support enabling more than1,700 people who lost everything when their villages between Bouca and Batangafo and in Dékoa were set on fire to build temporary shelters.
Restoring contact between family members
- enabled more than 500 people to regain contact with close relatives from whom they had been separated by armed violence;
- brought 24 children who had been thrust apart from other family members by violence, and in some cases recruited by armed groups, back to their families.
Respect for international law
- pressed ahead with its confidential dialogue one-on-one with the authorities and others concerned with a view to promoting respect for international human rights law;
- raised awareness among 1,100 weapon bearers in Bangui of the basic principles of international humanitarian law;
- trained 14 weapon bearers in first aid in cooperation with an instructor from the Central African Red Cross.