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Updated On: Thursday, May 25 2017

WFP Warns of Crisis in the CAR

Content by: South-South News

4 May 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The World Food Program (WFP) and other humanitarian groups warned that ignoring the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) would mean risking the country spiraling back into chaos that would spill across its borders.

WFP said the CAR is among the world’s most forgotten crises and receives ever-shrinking humanitarian funding, with only seven percent of its 2017 humanitarian response plan funded. The Program stressed that half the CAR’s population require humanitarian assistance as more than two million are hungry and one in every five is either internally displaced or a refugee in neighboring countries.

WFP said the country also has some of the world’s highest chronic malnutrition rates, with 40 percent of children between the ages of six month to 59 months suffering from stunting, as well as some of the highest rates of maternal and early childhood mortality. Insufficient funding has forced WFP to halve food rations distributed to the most vulnerable Central African families. The Program said it would immediately require $12.5 million through October to meet the most urgent needs of extremely vulnerable people.

Renewed violence, including clashes between armed groups and attacks on civilians, has forced thousands to flee in the country. Between February and March, the number of displaced people rose by six percent to 426,000.

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