One of the world’s poorest countries, the Central African Republic (CAR) has been plagued with bouts of political turmoil and unrest since it won independence from France in 1960. Since the country’s latest round of violence began in 2013, one in four Central Africans has been forcibly displaced, contributing to a major crisis that has grown in the region.
Following presidential elections in December 2020, the security situation in CAR deteriorated significantly, with increasing violence in much of the country, including the capital, Bangui. The country is currently under a state of emergency and permanent curfew, and remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for humanitarian actors.
International Medical Corps has been providing lifesaving services to internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and conflict-affected host communities in CAR since 2007, and remains one of the few international organizations with a presence in the country’s troubled northeastern region.