The official transfer of authority from the African Union (AU)-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) took place on 15 September. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon expressed his great appreciation of the “exemplary collaboration” between the UN and the AU but said deep concerns remain about the ongoing violence in the country. He stated that the current support from regional organizations including the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the AU would remain vital.
On 12 September the Protection Cluster in the Central African Republic (CAR) met with a delegation of the UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in CAR. Following a briefing by the Cluster Coordinator on the protection situation and challenges in CAR, as well as the current protection response, discussions focused on some key issues including gender based violence, children associated with armed groups and communities at risk. With regards to communities at risk across the country, the UN Independent Expert encouraged the Protection Cluster to continue communicating on the situation and mobilizing the humanitarian community to ensure protection and assistance. The mission advised the Cluster to not only focus on the prevention and response aspects of GBV issues but also to widely communicate the scale of such violence based on available statistics to enable advocacy at the highest level and consequently provide further support to actors to fight against the phenomenon.
487,636 IDPs including 62,636 in Bangui
418,296 Total number of CAR refugees in neighbouring countries
180,011 New CAR refugees in neighbouring countries since Dec. 2013
8,012 Refugees and asylum seekers in CAR
USD 255 million requested for the situation, Funded 31%, Gap 69%