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UNICEF Central African Republic Humanitarian Situation Report, January 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Fighting between Ex-Seleka factions (UPC and FPRC) in Ouham Pende, Haute Kotto and Ouaka prefectures (Bocaranga, Koui, Bria, Bakala and Ippy) have left an estimated 3,700 people displaced.

  • 60% of IDPs (17,000 people) have already left the site of MPoko and relocated in different Bangui neighbourhoods

  • Under the leadership of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Government and the Humanitarian Country Team launched the HRP 2017-2019 on January 13th with a global target to reach 1.6 million of the 2.2 million people in need of assistance.

  • UNICEF supported the establishment of 196 Temporary Learning Spaces in 32 IDP sites for 21,291 children (50% girls).

  • 145 cases of GBV, including 7 cases of sexual violence were reported in 13 listening centers in January.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The MINUSCA Force presented their new military strategy for the next three years in CAR based on the newly signed mission concept (December 2016). The need to deploy more military resources in major crisis (like in Bambari area at the moment) will force MINUSCA to close most of the small operational bases (ToB) throughout the Country that protected local communities from armed groups’ abuses. Humanitarian community expressed concerns about this strategy which could lead to serious humanitarian consequences in terms of Protection of Civilians and displacement in those areas.

In spite of the efforts of community leaders, heavy fighting is still ongoing in Ouaka Prefecture among two different Ex-Seleka factions (UPC and FPRC) for the control of its capital town Bambari. A further displacement of some 3,700 people has been evaluated during a humanitarian assessment in Bambari-Ippy axes. Humanitarian actors are updating a response plan under OCHA coordination.

In the Kaga Bandoro IDP site, close to the MINUSCA base, a fire broke out causing heavy material damages; approximately 800 huts were completely burnt and more than 2,500 people lost their shelters and non-food items. The humanitarian community in Kaga Bandoro is still assessing damages and the assistance to be provided. As of January, a reported 402,240 people are now internally displaced (IDPs), living in IDP sites and within host families.

The continuing decrease in the number of IDPs is largely due to the closure of the M’Poko IDP site in Bangui, where 60% (some 17,000 people) have left the site and relocated to different neighbourhoods in Bangui.