• IDPs in CAR increase by 50 percent since January, UN reports
• Relief actors record 13 aid worker and 14 peacekeeper deaths in CAR in 2017
• Relief actors in Bangassou suspend operations due to insecurity; nearly 500,000 people in need
• Violence in northwestern and southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) has increased the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) by nearly 50 percent since January, bringing the total to more than 601,000 IDPs in CAR as of October 31, the UN reports.
• Increasing insecurity and targeted attacks on humanitarian and peacekeeping personnel and assets continue to negatively impact relief operations across CAR. Attacks by armed actors have resulted in the death of 13 aid workers and 14 UN peacekeepers to date in 2017. In addition, insecurity prompted relief organizations to evacuate 240 aid workers from 10 villages between January and September, according to the UN.
• Despite favorable agro-climatic conditions during the 2017 growing season across CAR, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects below-average aggregate crop production—similar to that of the previous four years—due to ongoing conflict and reductions in planted land.