Fast response for displaced families in Central Africa

Armed confrontations in Alindao – a town in the south of the Central African Republic – killed over a hundred people and caused massive displacement. A Cordaid-led humanitarian intervention reaches 24.000 internally displaced persons just two weeks into the crisis.

The first half of May saw an increase in violent clashes between ex-Seleka armed groups (predominantly Muslim) and Anti Balaka militias (largely perceived as Christian), especially in the towns of Bangassou and Alindao. Many tens of thousands of Central Africans are displaced by the May conflict.

Previously we reported about Cordaid’s humanitarian intervention in Bangassou. In Alindao, a medium sized city in the Basse-Kotto prefecture, we are now leading another aid operation.

Fast funding from START

Inge Leuverink, our humanitarian coordinator based in The Hague: “Thanks to the fast funding procedures from the START network, we managed to get 108,000 euro to provide life-saving support to victims in Alindao. We started soon after the clashes broke out and the intervention will last 45 days.”

Thanks to the fast funding procedures from the START network, we can now provide life-saving support to victims in Alindao.

Inge Leuverink, Cordaid humanitarian coordinator in The Hague

Leuverink underlines the importance of the START Network. “START manages an emergency fund that is supported by the UK (DFID), the Irish and the Dutch governments”, she explains. “It is particularly meant to respond to the smaller and medium size emergencies that are hard to find funding for. It’s the first time we received START funding. We are also using 145,000 euro of our own resources to alleviate the suffering of the people in Alindao.”

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Emergency aid items ready to be distributed in Alindao (photo: Esperant Mulumba / Cordaid)

Hygiene kits, water, latrines

Cordaid’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) support reaches 24.000 of the most needy persons in Alindao, mainly women, children and unaccompanied minors. It comprises:

  • Provision of hygiene kits to 2300 households, containing soap, mosquito nets, menstrual hygiene items, water storage items, etc;
  • Water supply: Cordaid is setting up 3 water supply points in IDP sites, with a total capacity of 45.000 liters;
  • Trench latrines: we are setting up 3 trench latrines in IDP sites, with a total of 30 stalls (50% women/girls and 50% men/boys)
  • Hygiene promotion: we promoting positive hygiene practices and the proper use of household hygiene items and community/site installations.

Given the intensity of the crisis and the suffering, I am extremely grateful that we managed to get this off the ground.

Esperant Mulumba, Cordaid WASH coordinator in the Central African Republic

Combining medical and humanitarian aid

Before the May-clashes, Cordaid was already running a medical emergency program in the Alindao area, providing access to quality health care to a population of around 116,000 people. Together with local Caritas colleagues, our medical and WASH teams are now closely cooperating to reduce incidences of hygiene and water related illnesses and preventable deaths.

Esperant Mulumba, our WASH coordinator, is in Alindao and reports from the field: “Aid organizations face many funding, logistical and security challenges in this area. That’s why, until now, Cordaid is one of the few agencies that is concretely supporting the people from Alindao. And given the intensity of the crisis and the suffering of the people here, I am extremely grateful that we managed to get this off the ground.”

Read the full story

Our colleague Esperant Mulumba, based in the Central African Republic, is in the thick of what’s going on in Alindao. In his gripping personal blog posts he shares more about the challenges and dire realities of the people he meets. And what it takes to organize the support they need.

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