USAID/OFDA airlifts relief items into the Central African Republic (CAR)
Ex-Séléka fighters regroup in northern CAR
The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has negotiated the release of 1,000 children from armed groups in 2014
On May 15, USAID/OFDA airlifted relief items into CAR’s capital city of Bangui for consignment to partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS). USAID/OFDA-provided commodities included blankets, water containers, and kitchen sets. In the coming weeks,
CRS plans to distribute the relief items to approximately 30,000 IDPs in Ouham Prefecture’s Bossangoa town.
On May 14, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency to address the threat in CAR. The order authorizes sanctions against former CAR President Francois Bozizé and four ex-government officials and armed group members linked to violence and atrocities in the country.
In mid-May, at least 500 ex-Séléka fighters met in Bamingui-Bangoran Prefecture’s Ndele town to discuss force unity and appoint a new commander. The humanitarian community is closely monitoring the actions of ex-Séléka and other armed groups to determine potential emergent needs or impact on assistance efforts.