Italy will contribute 2 million euro to humanitarian efforts in the Central African Republic, according to an announcement at the donors conference convened yesterday in Brussels by European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Kristalina Georgieva and head of the Coordination Office for Humanitarian Questions of the UNOCHA Valerie Amos
The Italian Cooperation will immediately activate a one-million euro child protection and education project through UNICEF. At a later stage a second project, valued also at one million euro, will be activated in the healthcare and food security sector, which could be carried out through the Italian NGOs already active in that country, conditions permitting. This new intervention by the Italian Cooperation follows initiatives already launched in 2013 for a value of over 500,000 euro.
According to UN estimates, in the wake of the recent violence reported in that country, there are still 900,000 displaced civilians, over half of whom in the capital of Bangui, while 2.6 million – nearly half the country’s entire population – are in need of protection and assistance, particularly with regard to access to healthcare services.