Conflict has resulted in over 600,000 internally displaced people, targeted killings along communal lines, and human rights abuses. More than half of the population is in need of assistance. Protection, humanitarian access, and food security are priority needs, yet needs continue to exceed available resources. Delivery of aid is expected to continue to decline because funding remains low, and humanitarian access is restricted in large parts of the country.

Since November 2016, fighting among ex-Seleka as well as with anti-balaka in central CAR has resulted in large numbers of displaced, as well as access and protection concerns. Fighting is moving south, with clashes in Haute Kotto, Basse-Kotto, Haut Mbomou, and Mbomou the deadliest since the division of the Seleka faction in 2014.

INFORM measures CAR's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be extremely high, at 7.6/10. CAR's vulnerability and lack of coping capacity are of particular concern.?

Latest Developments

16/09: 276 houses were destroyed and 74 were partially destroyed from floods between 3 August and 1 September in Kouango, Ouaka. People are sheltering with host families or living on farm fields.? 

07/09: 25,000 IDPs in PK2 in Bria, Haute-Kotto, are likely to have limited access to drinking water as Oxfam interrupted water trucking activities for the camp following clashes in the town. There is heightened concern as displacement was reported during the clashes. Most humanitarian operations were suspended following the renewed fighting. ? 

Key figures

  • 2,400,000 People in need of assistance  [?]
  • 1,100,000 People food insecure  [?]
  • 600,000 IDPs  [?]
  • 465,200 Refugees  [?]

Key priorities

Protection: Needs are particularly concentrated among IDPs and enclaved Muslim communities.

Humanitarian access: Poor infrastructure, armed groups’ control of the roads, and targeting of humanitarian actors limits access outside Bangui.

Food security: Insecurity prevents farmers from accessing their field. 

Information Gaps and needs

While there is often information about communities newly displaced by violence, updated information about their situation and needs is frequently lacking.

Limited information is available on needs in the north and east of the country. 

Key documents

Splintered Warfare: Alliances, affiliations, and agendas of armed factions and politico-military groups in the Central African Republic


Central Africa Republic (CAR) - Current Acute Food Insecurity February-May 2017