August 1, 2013

Kenya To Extend Humanitarian Assistance To CAR

Boys as young as 12 are seen at checkpoints and are carrying weapons.
Boys as young as 12 are seen at checkpoints and are carrying weapons.

It is believed that the entire population of the Central African Republic (CAR),( 4.6 million people), is affected by a severe humanitarian crisis following a coup and subsequent political instability.

The president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to extend humanitarian assistance to the war victims of Central African Republic.

Speaking at the 6th extraordinary summit of the heads of state and government on the International Conference Of The Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) at the United Nations complex in Gigiri, Kenya, he said; “Kenya is concerned with the crisis in the Central African Republic and will extend humanitarian assistance to those affected within the ICGLR framework.”

President Uhuru further called for the quick political and diplomatic resolution of all outstanding issues.

“Good neighborliness and brotherhood conduces prosperity, while animosity and suspicion erodes stability and deprives people of the synergy required to develop,” said Uhuru during the summit.

Kenya’s Extension Humanitarian assistance will reduce on the action that should be taken immediately to rescue situation.

Human Rights Organizations highlighted the alarming aspects of the humanitarian crisis which are likely to worsen within the next few months if immediate action is taken;

Over 60,000 children and families are suffering from severe food shortages.

Over 200,000 children and families have been forced to flee their homes over the last six months and require emergency shelter, food and medical care.

Most health clinics throughout the country have been closed for more than 6 months, and the population is deprived of most basic services.

Up to 1 million children are reported to be out of school and hundreds of thousands of children have missed out on nearly an entire school year due to security related closures.

Insecurity is rife throughout the country. Looting, rape, arbitrary killings, and kidnapping have instilled fear in the population. Looting of aid warehouses has hampered the humanitarian response.

Children, girls in particular, are exposed to a wide range of abuse, sexual and gender based violence and early marriages.

Given the lack of services, diarrhea and malaria are likely to take a huge toll on the 800,000 children under the age of 5.

Thousands of children are among the ranks of armed groups and forces and children continue to be recruited. Boys and girls as young as 12 are seen at checkpoints and are carrying weapons.

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