Central African Republic: Conflict
The Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered from a complex humanitarian crisis since a protection crisis erupted at the end of 2013. Since then, the security situation in the country has remained extremely volatile. Continued displacement and violence have had serious humanitarian consequences for civilians. Over six years after the beginning of the conflict, more than half the population are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 1.7 million people in critical situations.
The recent escalation of violence in CAR has brought the country towards the brink of a new, large-scale humanitarian crisis, increasing the protection risks in multiple new hotspots across the country.
The ETC was activated in December 2013 in response to the crisis. Led by the World Food Programme (WFP), the ETC in CAR is providing ICT services for humanitarians in twelve common operational areas across CAR including Alindao, Bambari, Bangassou, Bangui, Batangafo, Birao, Bossangoa, Bria, Bouar, Kaga-Bandoro, N'Dele and Paoua.
Following a 2019 assessment, the ETC is implementing three projects to improve communications for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). An Information and Learning hub, designated phone booths and common feedback mechanisms will facilitate access to information, help people contact loved ones and improve communication between the humanitarian community and IDPs.
The population in CAR is vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. The ETC has set up a dedicated COVID-19 call centre in the capital city of Bangui to disseminate information and national health guidelines to help slow the spread of the virus.