Central Africa Republic: UN scales up efforts to assist children impacted by conflict
A woman at Bangui Airport in Central African Republic waits on line at a WFP distribution centre. Photo: WFP A woman at Bangui Airport in Central African Republic waits on line at a WFP distribution centre. Photo: WFP 4 February 2014 – Amid continued fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF ) and partners are setting up temporary classrooms for more than 20,000 children in the capital, Bangui, and in the north-west of the country, with more on the way.
“Many schools had been destroyed, and in times of conflict children really needed some form of normality in their lives,” spokesperson Patrick McCormick said in a briefing in Geneva.
Being back in class gave children a “sense of a return to normalcy, stability, and hope for the future”, he added, while the UN agency works with the Government to get permanent schools functioning again.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who spent four days in January, has said that children in the CAR are in desperate need of protection and support.
“They are under assault and being killed […]