The current political and security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is extremely volatile. Ongoing clashes between armed groups continues to internally displace communities.
Since September 2016 the situation in CAR has significantly declined to levels close to those of 2013 with 60% of the country still under the control of armed groups and 25% of the population internally displaced (500,000 people) or refugees in border countries (500,000 people).
State institutions are weak, and education and child protection services 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.
Many have experienced acute distress and have 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 into armed groups.
What we do in the CAR
Disarmament, Demobilisation, Reintegration (DDR)
War Child focuses on the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) of boys and girls associated with armed groups through its collaboration with community leaders and grassroots organizations.
Our approach, developed between 2012 and 2017, aims to prevent and respond to violations of children's rights and mitigate the impact of armed conflict and insecurity through an integrated response.
Our DDR programme involves identification, provision of psychosocial support, and referral to other services where appropriate.
We also provide vocational training based on market assessments and the ability of children to engage in income-generating activities, as well as reintegration into a school environment.