A severely malnourished Central African Republic child refugee.
The C.A.R crises is one of the most under funded humanitarian crises in the world, and the United Nations High Commission for refugees (UNHCR) is struggling to keep up with the needs of thousands of refugees in the crises troubled county.
Just this week, UNHCR together with 16 other humanitarian agencies
revised the Regional Refugee Response Plan for the C.A.R situation, seeking US$210 million to assist the growing refugee numbers in four asylum countries: Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Republic of Congo – until the end of the year.
More than 357,000 people have fled CAR for the four host countries since the crisis started in December 2012. This number includes some 160,000 people who left after clashes intensified last year. 118,000 are in Cameroon, 17,500 in Chad, over 15,000 in the DRC and 9,000 in the Republic of Congo.
“The new refugees show signs of the brutal violence they have escaped in C.A.R. They have walked for weeks through the forests with little to eat or drink. In April and May, as many as 40 per cent of all the new refugees, children as well as adults, were suffering from malnutrition,” UNHCR spokesman
Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva on Tuesday. “We fear that for some children the assistance may be coming too late.”