Past eventUnder 35s Forum

Central African Republic: A Country in Hiding

7 November 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Chatham House, London


Wael Dabbous, Producer, Unreported World
Pete Jones, Regional Programme Coordinator, West & Central Africa, Merlin
Paul Melly, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House 
Seyi Rhodes, Journalist and Presenter, Unreported World 
Chair: Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Presenter, Channel 4 News



Following the overthrow of its President François Bozizé by the rebel group Séléka in January, the Central African Republic (CAR) has plunged into violence and uncertainty. Over 200,000 people are classified as internally displaced by the UN, 60,000 more have fled to neighbouring countries and 1.6 million are in need of urgent assistance. The humanitarian situation has been labelled as desperate.

A team from Channel 4’s Unreported World will show clips from their upcoming film, which follows medical professionals assisting the fleeing population – in particular, expectant mothers. The panel will discuss the human impact of this conflict, assess its regional dimensions and ask what – if any – peace building opportunities exist. Against this backdrop, the panellists will explore why CAR continues to be largely overlooked by the international community.

There will be a reception after the event.

This event was live streamed.

This event is held in association with Channel 4.

This is an Under 35s Forum event.