Conflict has increased across the countryside. Attacks by ex-Seleka forces, in an effort to consolidate control of central and northern prefectures in advance of the rainy season, as well as predatory violence and the absence of law and order, have rendered large areas anarchic with increasing concerns for the plight of vulnerable populations, children and women.
Following a decision taken by the UN Humanitarian Country Team (UN HCT) as a last resort to save lives, UNICEF provided support to facilitate the voluntary relocation of highly vulnerable Muslim populations in Bangui and Bossangoa to new locations within CAR and at the Chad border, and continues to provide ongoing support to sustain protection and humanitarian delivery for populations in ‘enclaves’ and other sites.
Supplies to zonal warehouses continue to be pre-positioned in anticipation of the rainy season, including Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) relief items for 20,000 people, drug kits and anti-malarial medication and nutritional commodities.
CAR is facing a serious fuel shortage, which impacts all logistics and movement for the response. UNHAS flights were cancelled from 23-27 April.