Central African Republic

2.3 million

dependent on humanitarian aid


population displaced, both internally and as refugees


592,300 internally displaced people (IDPs)

1.1 million

without sufficient access to food

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Country Overview

Since its independence in 1960, CAR has had a very tumultuous and violent history. A military coup in 2012 sparked the beginnings of a brutal conflict, as an armed group sought to overthrow the government. This sparked retaliation attacks from a second group. The conflict saw the looting and burning of land, rape being used as a weapon of war, and the displacement of up to half of the population at the height of the crisis.

In March 2016, Faustin-Archange Touadéra was elected as president. However a large proportion of the country is controlled by various armed groups. The ongoing violence, subsequent displacement of people and the trauma and disease caused by high levels of sexual violence has left CAR in turmoil.

The violence is slowly increasing to levels not seen since the height of the conflict in 2014. The need is becoming increasingly more concerning as people are, once again fleeing to other parts of the country, as well as to neighbouring nations, Chad, Cameroon and DRC.

How we do it

Food Security

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Our Work

Tearfund works with two partners in the CAR: the Association Centrafricaine pour la Traduction de la Bible et l’Alphabétisation (ACATBA) and Alliance des Evangeliques de Centrafrique (AEC). ACATBA, among other things, specialises in literacy and numeracy training. The current project works to support survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in receiving the support they need to find healing, through counselling and referrals. They also provide training in basic business skills; this allows beneficiaries to begin income-generating activities and small businesses.

AEC is a platform that brings together evangelical churches in Central Africa. They have implemented a peacebuilding project, and put into effect the process of Church and Community Transformation (CCT) – working with local churches as they empower their communities to escape poverty.

We are building relationships and furthering this CCT work with church leaders, theological colleges and the interfaith platform in CAR. This work has also helped us to develop our work in Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and social cohesion.

We are also running a number of operational programmes, the primary focus being to help people with their immediate needs in access to nutritious food, water and sanitation infrastructure. Currently, we are providing training for people in sustainable farming methods, so those who have been displaced from their homes are able to start rebuilding their lives. We are also providing toilets and repairing boreholes in camps for internally displaced people camps as well as people’s original home villages that have been laid waste during the conflict.

Rebuilding relationships across a divided country is crucial, and Tearfund has been engaging in this work, through running football tournaments in communities, and conducting drama sketches involving local community members.


  • 1,510 women have been trained in literacy and business skills and are able to start small businesses.
  • Nearly 200,000 people have benefitted from Tearfund’s water and sanitation work. This is through building of latrines and toilets, rehabilitating and building water points including boreholes and wells, hygiene promotion and messaging in schools and communities and distribution of sanitation materials and hygiene kits.
  • Tearfund are helping people to rebuild their livelihoods through livestock, seeds and tools distribution, training in business skills and basic livelihoods techniques including improved agriculture and increasing the output of resources.
  • 2,500 individuals attended football matches which brought together players from different sides of the conflict in a social cohesion project.

Stories from CAR

  • In all things, give thanks

    Yolande lives in Bangui, the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic (CAR). Life has not been easy for Yolande. At 43 years old, she…

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  • Photo of Geena by Hazel Thompson

    Light in deep darkness

    When armed groups attacked her village in March 2016, Geena, a widowed mother of six, fled with her family into the surrounding bush. They cut down bamboo leaves for bedding and ate forest leaves and roots they dug up by hand.

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