• On 25 February, six education workers, including a UNICEF education consultant, were killed near Markounda while travelling to conduct a training for com-munity teachers.
• UNICEF RRM partner Solidarités International organized in Nana Gribizi prefecture the mechanism’s first non-food items (NFI) fair, allowing 648 households recently returned in their villages to choose items that met their specific needs.
• Despite growing tensions in Mbomou prefecture, 211 displaced children (89 girls) from the Petit Séminaire IDP site in Bangassou had free access to the Sisters Private Elementary School, supported by UNICEF.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
1.3 million # of children in need of humanitarian assistance
2.5 million # of people in need (OCHA, February 2018)
693,932 # of Internally displaced persons (OCHA, February 2018)
546,000 # of registered CAR refugees (OCHA, February 2018)
UNICEF Appeal 2018 US$ 56.5 million
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
Several attacks and robberies against humanitarian partners were committed by armed groups, limiting humanitarian access and assistance to the most vulnerable. On 25 February, six education workers, including a UNICEF consultant, were murdered near Markounda, a remote area near the Chadian border while travelling to start a training for community teachers. Following the attack, UNICEF supported its partners to restart education activities and provided them (NGOs and members of the Ministry of Education) with psychosocial support.
In Paoua, 76,238 people having fled the surrounding rural areas are displaced in town, which has a population of about 40,000. Even though USD 2 million were allocated for the Paoua emergency response through the Humanitarian Fund, this will not be sufficient to cover even the most urgent needs. The burden of the displaced population on the host community is already a source of tensions, and may lead to conflict. The approaching rainy season could exacerbate the already poor sanitation conditions. The lack of access to the fields due to insecurity during the growing season increases the risks of food insecurity in the coming months. Thanks to joint efforts, education authorities, partners and UNICEF supported the continuation of normal school activities in the 11 schools in Paoua. The integration of displaced children into schools is ongoing with 5,123 displaced pupils (1,941 girls) attending school. 15 unaccompanied children (NA) were reunited with their families.
In Bangassou, the security situation remained volatile. For months, armed groups have prohibited neighboring residents to bring regular supply to the Petit Séminaire IDP site. Joint advocacy activities conducted towards armed groups by UNICEF’s partner Enfants Sans Frontières and Sisters from the Catholic Church allowed the population to have access to the IDP site and sell various essential items. 211 displaced children (89 girls and 122 boys) from the Petit Séminaire IDP site now have free access for the rest of the year to the Sisters' private primary school, with UNICEF support. However, no solution has been found yet to reintegrate the 108 high school students living in this site.