There are few places in the world where the tragic effects of war on children are more starkly demonstrated than the Central African Republic (CAR).
War Child UK has been in CAR since 2011.
We work with local partner organisations to provide child friendly spaces in the capital Bangui and Bossangoa.
CAR is a very challenging country to work in and the projects are run on limited resources.
Nevertheless they are full of children; some sites report that they receive up to 900 a day.
Atrocities have been committed against children as young as three and 40% of the most vulnerable children have lost their fathers in the bloodshed.
That’s why it’s vital that we’re present on the ground providing protection, training and education
We offer everything from art and creative activities to practical vocational training which will enable children to find work in the future.
Ongoing conflict in CAR
Although our work is currently located in calmer neighbourhoods of Bangui, sporadic fighting can shut down these areas for a few hours or days.
Large parts of the country are inaccessible because of the ongoing conflict.
Support for children
A recent War Child report called on donors, including the UK government, to urgently increase immediate and long-term support to this forgotten country.
Some 2.3 million children are affected by this crisis, the more we can protect in our safe spaces, the better the future for the CAR.
It's only with the help of supporters like you that we were able to start our work long before this latest crisis developed.
Please, if you can, donate to our emergency fund today to help children in countries like CAR.