Welthungerhilfe has committed to provide long-term assistance to people suffering from hunger in the Central African Republic. Staff will start to implement the first required aid measures before the imminent rainy season. "We have to act quickly to address the humanitarian crisis in Central Africa. At the same time, the people in that region are also rightly demanding assistance that goes beyond disaster aid. And that is exactly what we want to ensure together with our partners," explains Mathias Mogge, Welthungerhilfe's Executive Director for Programmes.
The Central African Republic is one of the world's poorest countries, with a "very serious" food situation according to the Global Hunger Index. Even before the conflict in Bangui in December of last year, approximately 1.3 million people were already suffering from hunger. Now the critical food situation affects almost the entire population in the rural regions of Central Africa. Many farmers are no longer able to cultivate their fields due to the security situation.
"The situation will get even worse with the start of rainy season at the end of March," estimates Welthungerhilfe employee Rüdiger Ehrler, who is already on his way to Bangui. "Then it will be virtually impossible to reach many people in the rural areas."
On location, Welthungerhilfe will work with international partners such as the French aid agency ACTED. Together with seven other organisations, they form the European network Alliance2015 (www.alliance2015.org).
Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for ‘Zero Hunger by 2030’. Since its establishment, more than 8,500 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.27 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the basic principle of help for self-help: from rapid disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.