Continued fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) has killed thousands of citizens, displaced over one million people, and left 2.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Central African Republic is teetering on the edge of chaos, but the outside world, including the United States, is paying very little attention.
Since 1997, there have been 13 peacekeeping operations in CAR. These operations have had one thing in common – they fail to pair short-term responses with long-term investments resulting in failed missions and continued disorder in the country. In order to create a lasting peace and address long-term humanitarian needs, the roots of the conflict must be addressed.
United to End Genocide joined 14 other humanitarian and advocacy groups in urging the United States government to support funding a long-term solution to this humanitarian crisis. While the U.S. has invested significantly in the CAR over the last 10 months, a well-funded, sustained effort and action plan is needed to stop the repeated cycle of violence.
Here are 5 steps that can be taken by the United States to reverse the vicious cycle of killing in the CAR.
- Uphold U.S. commitments to funding MINUSCA
- Build on and scale up locally-led peacebuilding gains
- Fill strategic gaps in the political dialogue process and transition
- Address protracted humanitarian needs.
- Provide support for long-term economic development
The needs in the Central African Republic are great. These five steps will demonstrate the commitment of the United States to the people of CAR and help create the political and economic conditions needed to stem the violence.