Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic

With a history of coup d’états and extended civil conflict since gaining independence in 1960, the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to face turmoil, with periods of relative stability disrupted by  considerable violence.25 September and October of 2015 were marked by extreme violence between Bangui, Dekoa, Bambari, and Kaga Bandoro which led to several deaths and many injuries and displaced tens of thousands of people.26 Extreme poverty, continuing violence, and a weak government has led to 2.7 million individuals in need of assistance, 451,985 internally displaced people, and 456,514 refugees who have left the country. Depleted infrastructure and inadequate funding makes supplying basic services and meeting needs challenging. In 2013, the total fertility rate 4.4 children per woman and the maternal mortality ratio was 882 deaths per 100,000 live births.28 In such environments women are extremely vulnerable; in October 2015 alone 12,366 cases of rape that were reported.27

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