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Half Of CAR’s Population Left Homeless, In Need Of Aid

News outlets report on the continuing strife in Central African Republic (CAR). The U.N. has resumed delivery of food aid to camps and aid organizations have begun a measles emergency response vaccination campaign.

Al Jazeera: U.N. warns CAR on brink of catastrophe
“U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that Central African Republic is on the brink of a catastrophe, with half the population made homeless since ethnic warfare broke out. U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council on Monday that about 2.2 million people throughout the country need assistance, about half the total population…” (1/7).

Voice of America: U.N.: Half of CAR in Need of Aid
“The U.N. political affairs chief said the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is deteriorating at an alarming rate following a wave of sectarian violence. Jerry Feltman told the U.N. Security Council Monday that more than 935,000 people are now sleeping outside or in temporary spaces…” (1/7).

Reuters: Aid workers get food to airport camp in Central African Republic
“Aid workers in the Central African Republic finally delivered supplies on Tuesday to more than 100,000 people who have sought refuge at the airport outside the capital to escape religious violence that has gripped the country. … The initial delivery was for 2,400 families, or around 12,000 people, and there are plans to increase aid to cater for everyone at the camp. Aid workers said the food aid should last for two weeks, but inhabitants believed it would be enough to cover less than half that time” (Braun/Bigg, 1/7).

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. resumes food aid after machete attacks forced three-week halt
“The United Nations today resumed food aid for some 100,000 displaced people in Bangui, capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), for the first time in nearly three weeks since deliveries were suspended when machete-wielding men stormed the distribution site and food was stolen…” (1/7).

Vaccine News Daily: WHO, partners begin measles campaign in CAR
“The World Health Organization, UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières contributed to an emergency response immunization campaign to control a measles epidemic that began on Friday in Central African Republic. … There were three cases confirmed near the Bangui airport and five cases at the Don Bosco Centre in Damala…” (Tinder, 1/7).