Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called on donor countries to scale up funding for the humanitarian response in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The aid organisation made the call in response to the soaring prices of food items and the growing lack of fuel which has been exacerbated by the ongoing war in Ukraine.

According to NRC, the crisis in Ukraine is worsening an already critical situation for the 3.1 million people in the country who are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Fuel shortages have, for the past two months, forced humanitarian organisations to drastically reduce their operations amidst other impacts of the crisis in Ukraine.

‘In some of the most affected areas of the country such as the Kaga-Bandoro province, we have only been able to purchase 25 percent of the fuel needed this month, preventing us from assisting families in need on six consecutive days’, NRC’s Country Director in the CAR, Tchatat Yakwa Godain Powel, said.

‘The fuel shortage is adding a crisis on top of the crisis – it is vital for families depending on aid to survive that the fuel for the humanitarian response is urgently supplied and meets operational needs’.

Humanitarian flights within the country have either been suspended or postponed, preventing aid workers from reaching people in need.

In the last month, the fuel supply for NRC operations has been reduced by 50 percent across the country.

There are more than 160,000 malnourished children in the country and two-thirds of them are not receiving any nutrition support due to operational cost increases and the shortfall in funding.

Water, sanitation and shelter programmes are the most affected as they are the largest consumer of fuel due to the use of transport trucks.

‘The lack of fuel is pulling the rug out from under us while the lack of humanitarian funding prevents us from getting back on our feet’, Powel added.

‘Donor countries need to consider the increase in prices and ensure that the response can scale up to meet needs. If the funding is not urgently increased, the impact of the war in Ukraine will continue pulling a country largely weakened by years of conflict into a downward spiral’.

Increased funding is urgently needed to mitigate the growing impact of the crisis in Ukraine or a country largely weakened by years of armed conflict will ascend into a downward spiral.

Source: NRC

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