Crisis and Response in the Central Africa Republic: Challenges to Delivering Frontline Humanitarian Assistance
Dr José Antonio Bastos, President, Médecins Sans Frontières, Spain
Patrick L'Hôte, Head of Operations for Central and Southern Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross
The failure of the January 2013 peace settlement between François Bozizé, the former president of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Séléka rebel movement has renewed instability in the country. As a result of the violence, rising numbers of internally displaced people and increasing food insecurity, relief organisations are facing a worsening humanitarian crisis.
At this meeting the speakers will discuss their recent experiences on the ground in CAR, highlighting the humanitarian impact of the latest bouts of violence and the importance of international organizational cooperation in humanitarian relief.