- United Nations has set aside US$2.5 million for a number of priority projects in Central African Republic for victims of violence, said spokesperson for UN secretary-general.
He indicated that fund for 16 projects will be under management of office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and chaired by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Approximately more than 1 million people will benefit from these projects.
According to UN, funding is aimed at enhancing displaced people's lives through provision of health care facilities, access to clean water and reinstatement to their former homesteads, further saying both infants and adults would be included in the projects.
"These are victims of political unrest within Central Africa Republic region where raging wars have left villages deserted and uninhabitable," UN statement said.
UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, said aid organisations on ground would channel money where it is most needed and respond to a breaking emergency faster than ever.
Report shows that CAR has experienced bloodshed in some regions after being under siege by rebels and violence had spread to other neighbouring countries such as Chad and Sudan, among others, forcing scores of thousands of people to flee their homes.
An overall amount of US$114 million has been pledged by United Nations Agencies and non-governmental organisations in their launch of CAR aid programme, making it 80 percent of already advanced fund from donors such as Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom.
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