Central African Republic (CAR): Situation Report No.16 (as of 12 March 2014)
Security incidents against aid workers and assets have multiplied in the past months, jeopardizing ongoing life-saving operations. On 8 March an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff member was killed in Ndele, in northern CAR, while a Central African Red Cross Society volunteer was killed in Bangui on 9 March. Nine aid workers have been killed in attacks by armed militias since September 2013.
Targeted violence against minority groups continues countrywide, including in Bangui. Over 20,000 people are besieged and threatened by armed militias in 18 different locations. The majority of them are calling for humanitarian assistance leaving these enclaves for safer areas, in or outside the country.
Humanitarian actors are scaling-up the response outside main towns; however underfunding of humanitarian action in CAR is seriously hampering the delivery of assistance to the 1.9 million people targeted by the Strategic Response Plan (SRP) .
The CAR transitional Government and partners last week launched the 2014-2015 Agricultural Campaign, which aims to restore productive assets by providing essential agricultural inputs, enabling crisis ‐ hit farmers to produce their own food and take advantage of local opportunities.