Read our first summary of the conflict here.
According to the UNHCR, approximately 560,000 people have been internally displaced and 115,500 people have been displaced to Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Republic of Congo. (1)
According to the World Food Programme, 1.6 million people are in need of food assistance in C.A.R. (2)
Camille Lepage, a French journalist, was killed last week while trying to bring attention to the conflict and promote the need for action from others. Her death brought a burst of attention from the media, but news channels quickly turned their attention elsewhere. (3)
There are approximately 5000 peacekeeping troops from the AU in C.A.R. now, and approximately 2000 from France. The United Nations is supposed to be sending 10,000 officers and 2,000 police officers in September according to the latest reports. (4)
Finland is set now to send approximately 30 troops to C.A.R. for crisis management operations as part of the EU. (5)
The interventions planned are a part of a positive effort, but their effectiveness is in question. Peacekeepers are a 'nice' solution, but as we witnessed with Rwanda, they are extremely limited as to what kind of action they can take. No matter what, something must be done and the people cannot wait much longer.
One thing that is essential in understanding international conflict is understanding the countries themselves. Here is a good video we recommend to help summarize the history and context of this complex issue in the Central African Republic.
(1) UNHCR: Thousands displaced by stepped-up fighting in central-northern CAR
(2) As Central African Republic crisis deepens, UN agency scales up food assistance
(3) Camille Lepage, photojournalist, killed in Central African Republic
(4) U.N. to Send Peacekeepers to Central African Republic
(5) Finnish troops depart for Central African crisis management operation