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Central African Republic 

View of the Central Mosque in Elevage from a classroom that is now home to 3 families

“My dream is to find a place where we can settle forever”

For close to 20 years, people in the Central African Republic have been suffering from the devastating impact of continuous violence: massive and repeated displacements and atrocities, extremely limited access to essential services, alarming health indicators, repeated reduction of humanitarian access.


Central African Republic: As conflict hits the countryside, people suffer from displacement and lack of access to healthcare

Since December 2020, there has been a resurgence in the conflict between government forces and armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR). In recent months the situation has become extremely volatile in many rural areas across the country. Insecurity caused by the fighting and fear of attacks have forced many to flee towards larger towns. The violence has also severely impacted the ability of organisations to provide healthcare.


Central African Republic: Repeated attacks on medical care leave people vulnerable to disease and death

Over the past six months, MSF teams have witnessed dozens of health facilities ransacked, damaged and occupied by armed men. Armed incursions into hospitals have seen patients subjected to violence, physical abuse, interrogation and arrest.


Central African Republic: Thousands left vulnerable in Bambari after makeshift camp is destroyed and burnt to ground

Bangui, 17 June 2021 – Some 8,500 people have been expelled from their makeshift camp in Bambari, Central African Republic (CAR) after renewed fighting broke out in the region, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Several thousand people have sought refuge in the compound of a mosque in Bambari town where they are living in very precarious conditions. The camp was burnt to the ground and an MSF-run health post in the camp was also destroyed.


Responding to emergencies amid the conflict in CAR

Since late December, the situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has quickly worsened, as clashes between a coalition of non-state armed groups and government forces supported by foreign troops, which began amid contested elections, have escalated. In response, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have deployed emergency teams across the country to assist people affected by the violence who live in constant fear of attack by all sides. This is what our teams found in Bossembélé, Grimari and Ippy, three areas hit by the conflict

Célestin poses for an anonymous portrait at the Tongolo centre on 27th November 2020.

CAR: Healing the visible and invisible wounds of sexual violence

Sexual violence has become a public health issue in Central African Republic (CAR) over the past decade, with women and minors being the most affected groups. In a country marked by years of civil war and facing a long-term crisis, assaults are perpetrated not just by members of armed groups; often the assault is committed by someone known to the victim. While access to medical and psychological care has improved over the years, the response remains insufficient compared to the scale of the needs.

The entrance to the Bambari hospital

Central African Republic: Women, children wounded and medical centre hit by violent clashes in Bambari

Constant tensions and fighting deeply impact an already vulnerable and traumatised population hard-hit by years of civil war, a chronic medical crisis, and therefore extremely limited access to healthcare

About 8,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now living in dire conditions in makeshift camps

Extremely precarious living conditions for the displaced people of Bouar, Central African Republic

Displaced people in Bouar are facing an unprecedented crisis and an effective and coordinated humanitarian response is urgently needed


Central African Republic