Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

Humanitarian Aid in the Central African Republic: Delivering Assistance in an Insecure Environment

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, African Peace and Security

Participants

Patrick L’Hote, Head of Operations for Central and Southern Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Overview

As the UN takes over responsibility for peacekeeping in the Central African Republic with the deployment of 6,500 troops as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), humanitarian organizations have been struggling to  deliver much needed food, water and health care due to high levels of insecurity. Since the December 2012 outbreak of conflict in the Central African Republic, the country has been caught in spiralling sectarian violence, even despite a 23 July ceasefire agreement between the former Séléka rebels and anti-Balaka militias. There has been widespread killing of civilians, destruction of homes and other crimes, and  humanitarian aid workers and peacekeepers have also been among the casualties. 

Patrick L’Hote will discuss the challenges the ICRC faces in providing aid and promoting international humanitarian law in the CAR and how these might be addressed. He will discuss the prospects for stabilization and the impact that the deployment of MINUSCA might have.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

Further resources on the CAR are available on our Central Africa and the Great Lakes page.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.