Nearly one in five people were been forced to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) after civil unrest broke out in December 2013. The large majority of the country’s Muslim population has been displaced or has left the country, while tens of thousands remain trapped in western and central locations. Numerous acts of violence, including murder, had been reported by those trying to escape or explore beyond these boundaries. The conflict spread to other locations too.
Even before the violence erupted, the country had long been suffering from harsh conditions, and this particular crisis has left many people unable to meet their basic needs: more than half of CAR’s 4.6 Million residents are in desperate need for humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UNOCHA).
Islamic Relief offices around the world have been helping refugees and returnees in various ways, from food distribution to safety programs.
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