Since March last year, some 75,000 refugees have fled CAR to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo, Chad and Cameroon - bringing the global number of refugees from CAR to some 240,000 by end of December.
Renewed violence has also forced several countries to repatriate their nationals. Thousands of Chadians have already been evacuated.
Cameroon also flew home several hundred of its citizens last week. Senegal and Niger, meanwhile, have asked the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for help repatriating their nationals.
In addition, several hundred nationals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo have expressed their desire to return as well. UNHCR is working with IOM to identify refugees and asylum-seekers who wish to return home.
An interagency humanitarian plan for CAR was announced on December 24, 2013. This 100-day plan will allow for immediate and rapid provision of protection and life-saving assistance to people in need of urgent care. US$152.2 million is requested for the next 100 days.
UNHCR is currently protecting and assisting 20,336 refugees in CAR. Refugees in Bambari, Zémio and Batalimo camps (mainly Congolese, Sudanese and Chadians) who are receiving tents, blankets and other relief items and basic services. While the situation in the country remains tense, no incidents involving refugees have been reported yet. However, many live in fear of an attack.
We are also assisting those refugees who wish to repatriate to their country.
For more information on this topic, please contact:
In Bangui, Bernard Ntwari on mobile +236 72 675186
In Geneva, Babar Baloch on mobile +41 79 557 9106