Australia’s $4 million contribution to Central African Republic to make a critical difference

Africa, Foreign aid article written on the 12 Mar 2014

Oxfam Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement of $4 million in response to the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic.

 Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Support Manager Meg Quatermaine said this funding commitment will make an enormous difference for vulnerable people caught in the midst of a shocking humanitarian crisis.

“Australia’s generous $4 million contribution to the crisis could not come sooner, as humanitarian organisations struggle to meet the needs with inadequate funding,” Ms Quatermaine said.  

“The crisis is tearing apart the social fabric and economy of the Central African Republic.

“Communities are facing horrific brutality from armed groups and criminal gangs exploiting the current political and security vacuum. Armed groups continue to kill, rape, torture and loot. This has left communities hiding in mosques, churches and schools. 

“The humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate due to ongoing displacement and rising market prices. With the start of the rainy season and the peak lean season – the time when people struggle the most to find enough food – just weeks away, the situation is only expected to worsen.”

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