The ICRC in the Central African Republic
Facts and Figures
The ICRC has been present in the Central African Republic since the latest crisis began in December 2012, helping people affected by the conflict. A recent example of this assistance was the distribution of 18,000 litres of water to displaced people in two camps in Ndélé and another 6,000 litres of water to the town's hospital. In December 2012 and January 2013, the ICRC has been carrying out activities to help the following groups of people:
- ICRC staff visited people in Bangui who had been detained and/or arrested in connection with the conflict. Their aim was to foster compliance with international standards governing the treatment of detainees and conditions of detention.The ICRC distributed hygiene items in a detention centre in Bangui;
- In its capacity as a neutral intermediary, the ICRC facilitated the release of 15 Central African soldiers held by the Séléka coalition of armed groups.
- In Ndélé, the ICRC trucked 600,000 litres of water to displaced people who had sought refuge at the airfield and the Catholic mission. In the absence of engineers from the town authorities, the ICRC has stepped in to run the water supply station;
- In Ndélé and Kaga Bandoro, 2,000 people who had fled their homes received hygiene items (over 350 jerrycans and 1,750 bars of soap). The ICRC built 12 latrines and volunteers from the Central African Red Cross ran hygiene-awareness sessions for the displaced people;
- 159 people received news from their relatives, some of whom are hundreds of kilometres away or in areas without telephone coverage;
- With temperatures plunging at night, shelters have been built in Ndélé and 350 blankets distributed in Ndélé and Kaga Bandoro;
- 550 kg of rice were distributed in Ndélé.
- With seriously injured people often located several hours' drive from Bangui, the ICRC plane was used to transport 12 such patients to hospital;
- The ICRC supplied 50 first-aid kits to volunteers from the Central African Red Cross, who have been hard at work treating the wounded.
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