The free fall continues
Two years after the coup that triggered the spiral of clashes and retaliation between rival militias, the violence continues to claim the lives of many people in the Central African Republic. There are still nearly one million displaced persons and refugees, many of them outside of the areas which humanitarian aid can easily reach. Homelessness and poverty are increasing while agricultural activity cannot be carried out as normal, and the people are more divided and polarised than ever as a result of the violence.
With a scant population of it is one of the poorest countries in the world
With a very low life expectancy
With only one doctor for every 55,000 people
and one midwife for every 7,000, an estimated 130 children out of 1,000 will not reach their fifth birthday, due to malaria, measles, meningitis or malnutrition.
Almost a million people from the Central African Republic are still too scared to return home.
Data March 2015 - Source OCHA
Most of the country’s hospitals and health centres have been destroyed or damaged.
Beginnings of the conflict
Seizing power in a March 2013 coup d’état, the Séléka armed coalition violently abused the civilian population. The subsequent creation of community self-defence militias called the Anti-Balaka also led to abuses, especially against Muslim communities they accused of being complicit with the Séléka.
Over one year later, thousands of people are dead and wounded, at least one million people have been displaced, homes, farms and livelihoods have been destroyed, and CAR’s population is now polarised between Muslims and Christians.