Children in Bangui, CAR

Islamic Relief aid worker Nick Jones, is in the Central African Republic (CAR). He reports on his visit so far, and the challenges facing the people of the conflict-torn country.

Nick Jones (centre) in Bangui, CAR, with local partners at the Child Friendly Spaces project supported by Islamic Relief

Nick Jones (centre) in Bangui, CAR, with local partners at the Child Friendly Spaces project supported by Islamic Relief

Even before touching ground at M’Poko, I saw the large number of emergency makeshift shelters from the airplane window.  Flying over some neighbourhoods I saw into now empty houses from above, as the roofs have been burnt away, the bricks charred black.  They are signs of recent clashes, and where whole communities have fled to safer areas.

Signs of the insecurity are all around but life continues as people concentrate of their daily lives. Bangui is a buzzing capital, with people in often brightly coloured clothing bustling against a backdrop of vibrant green mountains, blue sky, and the bright red of the dirt roads.

Staggering violence and difficult conditions

As a humanitarian I am struck hard by the staggering violence, which is continuing, and the difficult conditions facing so many of the country’s 550,000 internally displaced people.

All people have the same rights – regardless of their ethnicity, gender, age, and religion – and everyone deserves the chance to live in peace.

After arriving in CAR over a week ago, I have been liaising with numerous UN agencies and NGOs to identify areas where Islamic Relief support can be best targeted.

It is essential that we deliver the most efficient and meaningful impact. With your support, we will. Please donate to our Appeal for the People of CAR today.

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