Participation, transparency, responsibility and equity are the key concepts we are promoting in the Prefecture of Lobaye in Central African Republic, to ensure...Read more
Since December 2012, Central African Republic has been suffering an unprecedented humanitarian crisis caused by indiscriminate violence against the population, triggered by former Seleka and Anti-balakas armed groups and all their subgroups. The clashes between the two militias have caused thousands of deaths. According to the latest UNHCR regional estimates, 1.1 million fleeing Central Africans are currently living in conditions of extreme poverty in refugee camps.
According to OCHA, more than half of the Central African population - 2.5 million out of a total of 4.6 million - depends on humanitarian assistance to survive and about one and a half million are in a situation of food insecurity. Compared to 2014, food security in RCA between 2016 and 2017 collapsed further and only in some areas the food situation remained stable thanks to good rainfalls occurred between January and August.
Amid such crisis, COOPI protects the most vulnerable: internally displaced persons (IDPs), women victims of sexual abuse, communities victims of persecution and ethnic-religious harassment. The priority areas of intervention are food security, education and protection.
COOPI fights against hunger by distributing food and seeds and by training farmers and breeders in improved production techniques as well as in approaching community rural development. To fight against illiteracy, COOPI builds schools and strengthens the skills of teachers and local authorities through training and sensitization. To contrast violations of fundamental rights and protection incidents, it provides psychosocial support, guaranteeing access to mental health to the victims of such reckless violence, providing legal and medical support to other structures in the intervention areas and carrying out activities concerning the monitoring of protection, social cohesion and management of different sites of refugees and displaced persons within the country.
COOPI has worked in Central African Republic since 1974 and has never left the country since, despites the number of attacks on non-governmental organizations increasing at an alarming rate (more than 200 attacks since 2015). Concerning geographical areas, in 2017 and early 2018 COOPI has maintained its presence in the historic areas of intervention and also expanded its presence with humanitarian operations in 7 prefectures: Bangui, Lobaye, Ouham Pende, Haute Kotto, Basse Kotto, Haut Mbomou , Ombella M'Poko and Ouaka.