The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said that the Central African Republic (CAR) is facing a dire humanitarian situation which the WFP is ill-equipped to deal with. With only 32% of the funds it needs, the WFP says it “will be unable to scale-up ahead of the planting and rainy seasons, or to respond in newly secured areas.”
Around $35 million in funding is urgently needed to cover at least three months of aid. The WFP, in a report released on 28 February, said that levels of malnutrition are high even among adults. In the capital Bangui, malnutrition is so severe that the supplementary food Plumpy’Sup − usually used to treat malnutrition in children − is being provided to adults as well.
In the western part of the country, thousands of civilians are surrounded by armed groups. Reaching them is a major challenge amid the threat of attack. But with low funding, the WFP may not even be able to respond should the opportunity arise. The UN food agency relies entirely on voluntary donations and not nearly enough has been pledged for its hunger relief mission in the CAR.
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By William Lambers – Think Africa Press