Life conditions remain difficult in the Central African Republic. In 2015, the United Nations ranked the country second to last on its human development index. Life expectancy is just above 50 years, the average adult has gone to school for about 4 years, and one in three people is food insecure. Forty percent of children are chronically malnourished.
Recent violence has worsened difficult conditions. 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 was displaced or left the country, while tens of thousands remained trapped in western and central locations. Numerous acts of violence, including murder, were reported by those trying to escape or explore beyond these boundaries.
The crisis has left many people unable to meet their basic needs: More than half of the Central African Republic’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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