Caritas in Central African Republic is providing food, medicine and protection to people forced from their homes by a widespread collapse in law and order.
The Central African Republic could face serious food shortages as a result of the instability before, during and after the 24 March coup by the Seleka rebel coalition.
The crisis affects the country's entire population of 4.6 million and has left tens of thousands in need of emergency shelter, healthcare and food aid. There are 200,000 people internally displaced, while tens of thousands have fled as refugees to Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Caritas Central African Republic and its diocesan partner Caritas Bangui initially provided hot meals to over 5000 people forced to flee as well as healthcare for the sick and those injured in the fighting.
Seed banks, food reserves and tools were looted or destroyed in the lawlessness. People forced from their homes and farms have lost their livelihoods. With the next planting season imminent (July-August), there is a small window of opportunity to provide farmers with seeds and tools in good time for them to harvest.
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