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Central African Republic: Facts and figures, December 2013 – March 2014

25-03-2014 Facts and Figures

The violent conflict that has rocked the Central African Republic since December 2013 has been particularly deadly, aggravating an already precarious situation. The ICRC and the Central African Red Cross Society are redoubling their efforts to bring aid to the people hardest hit.

Between December 2013 and March 2014, the ICRC:

Medical

  • Performed over 560 operations at Bangui community hospital for injuries inflicted during the violent intercommunal clashes (wounds from bullets, knives, grenades, etc.);
  • evacuated almost 900 wounded and sick people to medical facilities in Bangui and the interior of the country;
  • renovated parts of Bangui community hospital;
  • regularly distributed supplies and “admission kits” to patients and their companions (mats, blankets, plates, knives and forks, and soap);
  • provided health care for 200 people in the west of the country;
  • examined and treated 7,200 patients at the health centre opened by the ICRC at the Saint-Sauveur site in Bangui;
  • helped treat 5,800 patients in mobile health units in the Kaga Bandoro area: almost 750 pregnant women were examined and advised, and 32 babies were delivered with the help of the units’ medical staff;
  • in the south-east of the country, diagnosed and treated over 1,400 patients suffering from malaria;

Access to drinking water and hygiene

  • delivered 430,000 litres of water daily, to meet the needs of over 70,000 displaced people at the Bangui airport site and over 5,800 others at Boy-Rabe (total delivered since December:  15,559,962 litres);
  • built more than 200 latrines for displaced people at the Bangui airport and Boy-Rabe sites;
  • supported the Central African RC in repairing nine hand pumps and 65 wells in Yaloké and Gaga;

Distributing food and other essential items to displaced people

  • distributed essential household items to almost 17,000 displaced people;
  • took part in the distribution of essential household items to almost 7,000 others, mainly at sites specifically for displaced people, and in hospitals and embassies;
  • distributed over 760,000 food rations of 2,400 calories each (rice or maize, and beans, oil and salt);

Restoring family links

  • enabled more than 26 people to get back in touch with relatives they had been separated from by the conflict or armed violence;
  • reunited 13 children with their families, from whom they had been separated by the conflict and violence. Some of the children had been recruited by armed groups;

Visits to detainees

  • visited over 240 detainees in Bangui to ensure that their detention conditions and treatment showed respect for human dignity;
  • distributed food to people detained in the Ngaragba detention centre, to the territorial brigade in Bangui and the Central Office for the Suppression of Banditry;
  • distributed essential items (buckets, soap, etc.) and the supplies needed for opening a dispensary in Ngaragba detention centre (medicine, dressings, patient’s charts, thermometers and other instruments);

Respect for international law

  • continued its confidential dialogue with the parties to the conflict, the authorities, armed groups, multinational forces and other stakeholders, to improve compliance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law;
  • conducted awareness-raising sessions on the fundamental principles of humanitarian law and human rights law, for over 200 weapon bearers;

Cooperation with the Central African RC

  • supported the Central African RC in its emergency relief work, in particular in collecting dead bodies;
  • provided psychological support for the Central African RC volunteers involved in collecting and burying bodies.

The ICRC employs over 400 people in the Central African Republic.