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UNHCR Regional Situation Update: Central African Republic Situation, December 2017 - January 2018

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  • In the Central African Republic, UNHCR has started responding to the urgent and increasing protection needs of an estimated 65,000 new IDPs in the north-west town of Paoua.

  • In Cameroon, the screening and registration exercise for the 489 new arrivals between December 2017 and January 2018 has been completed. In addition, 314 refugees were registered in UNHCR’s Biometric Identification Management System in Batouri and 206 refugees in Bertoua.

  • In Chad, 18,256 new refugees have arrived in southern Chad between December 2017 and January 2018. UNHCR has started registering them in addition to distributing core relief items and emergency shelters as well as providing immediate medical assistance.

  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the biometric registration for Central African refugees living outside camps in Nord-Ubangi Province was finalised in December 2017, allowing the identification of 39,150 individuals. Also, UNHCR and WFP provided assistance in cash to cover new arrivals’ food needs, targeting close to 21,000 refugees and 7,000 host families.

  • In the Republic of Congo, from December 2017 to January 2018, 215 new arrivals were registered; 97 refugees in the Likouala Department and 118 refugees in Brazzaville.

Key Figures

  • 543,826 CAR refugees in the sub-region (as at 31 January, 2018)

  • 47,735 Central African refugees who have spontaneously returned to CAR (in 2017)

  • 693,932 IDPs in CAR (as at 31 January, 2018)

Source: Commission Mouvement de Populations