Photo of the Month Backstory July 2014

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Supervised by their teacher, children play outdoors during a recreation period at a UNICEF-supported school in the Boy Rabe Monastery displacement camp in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR).

Children and families in this nation continue to face violence as a result of fighting that began on December 5, 2013. Already among the world’s poorest countries, children do not have good access to education or health services. The violence has forced thousands of families to flee their homes. As a result of this displacement, children are faced with limited access to food, water and sanitation.

An estimated 701,500 Central Africans nationwide remain internally displaced, including 276,500 in Bangui, the capital. Serious human rights violations, including attacks against children and their forced recruitment into armed groups, and sexual and gender-based violence, are common.  

Children are also at risk of malnutrition and insufficient funding has made the delivery of aid difficult.  Working with the Government and other partners, UNICEF support includes water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, education, health and nutrition interventions.  

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