In 2007, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) entered CAR to assist with humanitarian efforts. Pushed by the UN to help deal with agriculture, education and temporary housing issues, DRC’s work in the country has been especially impactful since CAR’s March 2013 coup, a press release issued by the organization stated.
On top of food shortages, farmers have experienced theft of seeds and tools — a factor that may have contributed to the surge in food prices. Despite one of DRC’s field offices being looted during Ouham province violence outbreaks in December 2012, the organization has managed to provide resources in deserted North Western regions of the country. DRC is also providing assistance in Paoua and Bamingui-Bangoran.
”A lot of people have fled their villages – moving to another village or simply went out on their fields. We are going to work on improving people’s livelihood by distributing food, securing access to clean drinking water and sanitation,” Line Brylle, Head of Desk for CAR, said in the release.
”We’ve been back since the middle of April with an almost complete team. First and foremost we have analyzed and evaluated the situation. Additionally we have reopened most of our field offices,” she said.
According to the release, rebels have taken over schools in the country that as a result of conflict have been destroyed . In the majority of regions across CAR, there is no education authority ensuring that children are attending school — where it is safe — neither are supplementary education services a priority.
“We are rehabilitating schools and assisting the school authorities. Additionally we are training parents to act as teachers so the children as fast as possible can get the education which is essential for their future,” Brylle added.
In an effort to promote a sense of security, DRC facilitates a protection hotline, available to citizens in the country’s capital, Bangui. The organization uses information from reports to address and stay abreast of attacks, which in turn will broaden and improve the availability of CAR’s human rights resources.