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Central African Republic

Wracked by chronic instability, the Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. Ranked bottom of the Human Development Index (HDI), it has been mired in a humanitarian crisis since 2012. Handicap International launched its response in the country in December 2015.

A driver working with Handicap International in CAR.

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Handicap International launched a project in the Central African Republic in December 2015 to provide logistical support to humanitarian organisations active in the country. It aims to improve the reach and effectiveness of humanitarian aid and to assist people made vulnerable by the crisis, including displaced and isolated people.

The organisation will improve transport in the capital Bangui and the rest of the country, repair airstrips and pre-transport stocks of humanitarian aid, such as medication and essential household items.

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African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Handicap International mobilises more than 300 workers to reopen CAR airstrip
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Emergency

Handicap International mobilises more than 300 workers to reopen CAR airstrip

Since 2012, civilians have borne the brunt of chronic violence in the Central African Republic. Insecurity and the destruction or neglect of road and air facilities have severely compromised the transport of humanitarian aid.

Background

Outbreaks of violence have been common in the Central African Republic since 2012, particularly after the Seleka armed opposition seized control of the country in March 2013. The cycle of instability and extreme poverty has created a disastrous humanitarian situation.

The political situation is particularly unstable, the military regularly seizes power, and all attempts to effect a democratic transition have failed.

In 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranked the Central African Republic 187 out of 188 countries in its human development index. The country has 5 million inhabitants and life expectancy is approximately 50 years.

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