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Too Soon To Turn Away - Security, Governance and Humanitarian Need in the Central African Republic
International Rescue Committee
22 July 2015

The Central African Republic has been unstable since its independence from France in 1960 and is one of the least-developed countries in the world. It has endured a succession of coups and decades of misrule and lawlessness. The ethnic and sectarian violence that erupted in March 2013, after a period of hope and relative stability, forced thousands to flee their homes; in January 2014, the United Nations warned of a high risk of genocide. Only the intervention of French troops and an expanded UN peacekeeping force—and the efforts of international humanitarian aid agencies—prevented the Central African Republic from further descending into anarchy and humanitarian catastrophe.


By May 2015, the worst of the crisis seemed to be over. But it would be a critical mistake for the international community to be lulled into thinking that stability has returned to the country. The state has collapsed. Armed groups rule the countryside, challenging each other and the shaky Transitional Government based in the capital, Bangui. The national army and police force are under-equipped, lack training and cannot ensure the population’s safety. Needs created by ongoing insecurity continue to outpace humanitarian efforts, and the UN humanitarian appeal for the Central African Republic is dangerously underfunded.


The breakdown of law and order is a matter of life and death in the Central African Republic, and fuels displacement. Nearly 900,000 people—20% of the entire population—remain displaced.

The International Rescue Committee is releasing this report with the intention of refocusing attention on the needs of the Central African people, as well as on the obstacles it and other humanitarian agencies are experiencing in their attempts to help the population.

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