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Central African Republic

Wracked by chronic instability, the Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. Ranked bottom of the Human Development Index (HDI), it has been mired in a humanitarian crisis since 2012. Handicap International launched its response in the country in December 2015.

A driver working with Handicap International in CAR.

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Handicap International launched a project in the Central African Republic in December 2015 to provide logistical support to humanitarian organisations active in the country. It aims to improve the reach and effectiveness of humanitarian aid and to assist people made vulnerable by the crisis, including displaced and isolated people.

The organisation will improve transport in the capital Bangui and the rest of the country, repair airstrips and pre-transport stocks of humanitarian aid, such as medication and essential household items.

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Situation of the country

Outbreaks of violence have been common in the Central African Republic since 2012, particularly after the Seleka armed opposition seized control of the country in March 2013. The cycle of instability and extreme poverty has created a disastrous humanitarian situation.

The political situation is particularly unstable, the military regularly seizes power, and all attempts to effect a democratic transition have failed.

In 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranked the Central African Republic 187 out of 188 countries in its human development index. The country has 5 million inhabitants and life expectancy is approximately 50 years.

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