Sunday, December 21, 2014

Still not caring about CAR

 UNICEF, the children's agency, warned on Friday of a "critical funding shortfall" for its programmes in Central African Republic, where more than two million children are in need following a months-long sectarian bloodbath. UNICEF received less than half the funding it required this year, some $42.7 million out of the $81 million requested.

UNICEF said it failed to help 620,000 people with basic healthcare, 250,000 children with access to clean water, 33,000 children with measles vaccines and 5,000 severely malnourished children under five with treatment.

"Two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF's support are without access to health, water, education or protection due to a critical funding shortfall and insecurity," spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told AFP.

More than 1.5 million people in CAR are suffering from food insecurity, about one third of the population, the World Food Programme said. Due to repeated military raids and the displacement of farming communities, food reserves are now about 40 to 50 percent lower than average levels.

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