SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

CAR receives largest shipment of humanitarian supplies yet from UNICEF

UNICEF, with the help of donors, sent a cargo plane full of humanitarian supplies to the Central Africa Republic on Friday to aid more than 20,000 people in-need due to a crisis.

The cargo plane was loaded with 52 metric tons of supplies and was the third largest UNICEF charter plane to aid the Central Africa Republic. It was equipped with medicine and health supplies for more than 20,000 people, tarpaulins for emergency shelter for 1,000 families, 400 boxes of milk for malnourished children and medical equipment for those physically harmed by the violence of the crisis.

"This is the largest shipment of supplies we have received since the crisis began," UNICEF Representative Souleymane Diabate said. "These life-saving supplies will be delivered immediately to affected communities across the Central African Republic. This month, through the work of mobile teams, we re-established a presence in the interior of the country and the supplies will be used to ensure that the health and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable women and children are met."

The crisis began in March. Since then, UNICEF, with the help of its donors, has been able to provide 223,000 people with basic health care, 10,035 malnourished children with food and immunize 123,000 children against the measles.

"The delivery of these humanitarian supplies is critical with the Central African Republic on the brink of a humanitarian disaster and the lives of 2.3 million of children at stake," Diabate said.