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New video, website highlight famine threat to Central African Republic

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), yesterday launched a campaign to raise awareness about the severe hunger crisis facing Central African Republic.

Ertharin Cousin talks with displaced people in the northwestern town of Bossangoa. "I heard harrowing stories," she said afterwards.
WFP/Jonathan Dumont

The "C.A.R. Can’t Wait" campaign features a video and web site to highlight a country on the brink of famine. The web site includes information on how you can donate.

The Central African Republic has suffered from internal conflict for over a year. The mass population displacement has ruined food production in the already impoverished country. WFP, which relies on voluntary funding, is extremely low on resources as it tries to help.

Ertharin Cousin, WFP's director, says, "“The entire population, not only the displaced, is affected and live in a precarious food situation. The people of CAR particularly women and children need us now. We must act before the rains exacerbate the tragic situation. We must not wait until pictures of skeletal, severely underweight, children document our failure and neglect.”

Visit the "C.A.R Can't Wait" web site for more information.