Friday, December 13, 2013






EU To Rush Emergency Relief Supplies To Central African Republic

12/12/2013 5:20 PM ET
The European Commission has decided to rush urgent medical assistance to the Central African Republic (CAR), it was announced Thursday.
An EU press release said, a plane carrying 37 tonnes of relief supplies will leave Brussels for the CAR capital Bangui on Saturday. This new airlift operation comes on top of a humanitarian air bridge operated by the EU between Bangui and Douala (Cameroon).
"A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes in the Central African Republic. The entire population is affected - and the number of people displaced in Bangui alone has increased by 130,000 in the space of only a few days. We must get assistance to them now," said Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
"The international community, led by France, is mobilizing to address the spiral of violence that lies at the root of the humanitarian drama. On the humanitarian side, we have two immediate priorities: to mobilize as much assistance as we can - and to get it through to people who need it. With this operation, the European Commission is helping to ensure that this urgently needed lifesaving assistance, including medicines, reaches the most vulnerable people caught up in the conflict," she added.
Three humanitarian non-governmental organizations -- Médecins du Monde (MDM) and the Dutch and French sections of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) -- are involved in the airlift. The emergency aid being flown in is principally medical supplies.



Press release

Largest relief airlift lands in Bangui since violence began

UNICEF brings in 77 metric tons of life-saving humanitarian supplies to Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 13 December 2013 - About a week after deadly clashes killed hundreds and displaced many tens of thousands in the capital city of Central African Republic, the largest humanitarian cargo flight arrived in Bangui today carrying 77 metric tons of UNICEF emergency supplies.
The MD-11 charter flight is filled with blankets, soap, jerry cans, medicine, water purification supplies and plastic sheeting health and midwifery kits, for immediate distribution to up to 37,500 people.
“Over the past week, many people, mostly women and their children, have fled for their lives with nothing but the clothes they are wearing,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, from Bangui. “At the airport, families with small children are living under the wings of airplanes, exposed to wind and rain. Many have witnessed terrible violence and are too afraid to return home.”
“These emergency supplies will go to children and families most in need: plastic sheeting for protection from the elements; medical supplies to our partners so that they can continue to provide emergency care to those injured in the past few days of violence,” stressed Fontaine.
“Many people displaced by violence have still not received aid. With so many people in need, UNICEF did not have enough supplies in stock. This new arrival of emergency supplies is critical to prevent diseases, especially among the most vulnerable children and women.’’
Since the beginning of the crisis in Central African Republic almost a year ago, UNICEF has chartered five cargo airlifts to Bangui. UNICEF is planning additional humanitarian airlifts with a further 100 MT of life-saving medicines and medical equipment expected to land in Bangui next week.