On 12 May, the outgoing Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. Abou Moussa, told the UN Security Council that the sub-region remains “fragile and continues to require ongoing support from the international community”. Following his recent visits to Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo, he highlighted the regional consequences of the crisis in the Central African Republic including humanitarian challenges faced by these governments, UN agencies and other humanitarian actors.
According to UNICEF, children of the Central African Republic have witnessed “terrible violence in what has become a forgotten crisis”. Since the outbreak of the recent violence, nearly 200 children have been maimed and killed. Also reported was that the number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in Bangui had tripled since the beginning of the year – close to 680 children had been treated.