Central African Republic: Situation Report, 19 October 2021

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  • The threat of explosive devices continues to increase in the Central African Republic: at least 15 civilians killed between January and October 2021.

  • Humanitarian actors assisted 1.4 million people in CAR during the first half of 2021 in an increasingly volatile security context.

  • The number of food insecure people increased again, reaching 2.6 million - 57 per cent of the population.

  • CAR remains one of the most dangerous places for humanitarians with 344 incidents affecting them between January and September 2021.

Alarm bells in the face of soaring food insecurity

The Central African Republic is a fertile country. It rains abundantly, the soil is rich and a variety of crops, fruits and vegetables grows almost year-round. Despite this apparent abundance, one in every two people does not have enough to eat.

The reason is the conflict that has again intensified since the beginning of the year. The number of internally displaced people has never been as high since 2014 as over the past months, now reaching 691,000. People live in fear of attacks and exactions by armed groups, which limits their mobility and access to fields and forests to cultivate, gather and hunt. The dangerous environment further restricts humanitarian organizations from reaching people in need. One of the results is the continued deterioration of food security since last year.

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