Islamic Relief is providing vital humanitarian assistance in Chad, to vulnerable people fleeing the war-torn Central African Republic.
Civil-war fuelled violence in Central African Republic (CAR) has forced tens of thousands of people to seek safety in neighbouring Chad. It is thought that around 73,000 Central Africans are now living in Chad, alongside other refugees fleeing the violence. Many are sheltering in camps in the south of the country, but thousands more have headed to the capital city, N’Djamena.
The Chadian infrastructure is struggling to cope with the influx, with many families housed in social centres, where conditions are deteriorating. Typically, 150 people rely on one latrine, and water facilities have broken down.
To help prevent an outbreak of potentially deadly diseases, Islamic Relief is providing mosquito nets and soap – as well as hygiene awareness campaigns. Hundreds of cooking kits, jerry cans, and sleeping mats are also being distributed.
Islamic Relief has also distributed food parcels, containing essential staples including rice, cooking oil, sugar and tea.
Over 8,900 refugees are to benefit from the three-month project, which began in January. Islamic Relief has been working in Chad since 2006.
In addition, Islamic Relief is also planning to help IDPs (Internally Displaced People) in Bangui, in the Central African Republic. Working through a local partner, we will provide safe and stimulating environments to help children to overcome the stress of conflict, and to regain a sense of normality.
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