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UNHCR Regional Update #53 - Central African Republic Situation, 21 March - 3 April 2015

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  • On 3 April, UNHCR assisted in the relocation of 13 IDPs from Yaloke enclave in the Central African Republic under the family reunification process. Through this process, UNHCR has assisted 20 IDPs from Yaloke to relocate to Cameroon since 4 March. Several other IDPs in the Yaloke have departed on their own accord on board of commercial trucks escorted by MINUSCA along the Bangui-Garoua Boulai supply route to Cameroon. UNHCR, with the support of MINUSCA, will continue with the family reunification process.

  • The Central African transitional government announced the closure of Mpoko airport site by the end of June 2015. Mpoko is hosting nearly 19,000 IDPs, of which 77% are from Bangui’s 3rd district. The Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster will lead the operation with the support of the Inter Cluster Coordination Group and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). The intentions of return/relocation of IDPs to areas of their choice were established through a survey led by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). The results of this survey are a critical planning tool for the camp closure operation. Particular attention will be given to the reintegration of IDPs in the neighborhoods of return. Also of concern is the security situation in certain neighborhoods which remains a major challenge, especially for 42% of the IDPs who want to return to the 3rd district.

KEY FIGURES

436,256 IDPs including 49,113 in Bangui in 35 sites

456,531 Central African refugees in Cameroon, Chad, DRC and Congo including

216,597 New arrivals since Dec. 2013

8,103 Refugees and asylum seekers in the Central African Republic