Central African Republic Refugee Crisis

Violence in the Central African Republic continues to flare and drive hundreds of thousands of terrified families from their homes.

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In 2013, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children fled their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) in desperation, many seeking refuge in neighboring Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad. They arrived in dire condition, having walked for days with little water or food. Many refugees showed signs of brutal attacks and extreme malnutrition.

The years following the violence of 2013 brought a gradual transition towards peace and stability but chaos sparked in June 2016.  

More than 1 million Central Africans have been forced to flee their homes - the highest level of displacement since violence broke out.

Nearly 550,000 have sought refuge in neighboring countries. The majority of refugees have fled to Cameroon, while others have found refuge in Chad and South Sudan. More than 60,000 refugees have arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since May 2017.

Another 688,000 have been forced from their homes but remain internally displaced inside the country.


Central African Republic: Torn Communities (1:16)

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Thanks to supporters, UNHCR is still on the ground coordinating a massive refugee response throughout the region and leading efforts to protect and provide shelter for those still displaced inside the country.

The need in the Central African Republic is great.

In what is one of the most poorly funded emergency situations globally, many people lack even basic survival assistance. Food, health, shelter, water and sanitation are all primary concerns for refugees living outside formal sites and for the communities hosting them.

Your gift will help close the gap, and give vulnerable children, women and men hope for a safe future. Not just today, but every day of the year, around the world.

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