Central African Republic (CAR) is very vulnerable to internal political instability and coups, as well as attacks by armed groups from neighbouring countries.
The CAR is poor, its state institutions are weak, and education and child protection have been badly affected. Children are often at risk of separation from their families, violence, sexual abuse or recruitment as soldiers.
War Child is building up community-based skills and support networks to identify and take care of children who are or have been at risk of exploitation.
Children in the CAR
Young people have been badly affected by the ongoing crisis in the CAR.
Huge numbers have suffered trauma, been torn from their homes, separated from their families or experienced violence.
They often end up in overcrowded, unsafe temporary camps where they are at risk of more abuse or disease.
Education has suffered in the CAR too, especially in rural areas, and illiteracy levels are high – which also increases young people’s vulnerability to exploitation, early marriage, enforced labour or enrolment in armed groups.