Via ReliefWeb, OCHA has published Central African Republic (CAR): Complex Emergency Situation Report No.5 (as of 3 January 2014). Click through to download the full report. The highlights:
• Persistent violence in CAR has forced one-fifth of the population to flee their homes. According to the most recent estimates, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bangui alone has risen to some 513,000 people since 5 December. This brings the total IDP population in CAR to 935,000.
• The security situation remains tense, with serious risk of deterioration in and outside Bangui and serious consequences for humanitarian assessments and response. Armed groups continue to launch targeted attacks, including against international security forces.
• Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) has drastically reduced its health programmes at the airport following shootings close to its clinic. The NGO had been carrying out an average of 500 consultations and seven deliveries daily.
• Following confirmation of five cases of measles in two IDP sites, Health Cluster partners launched an emergency vaccination campaign on 3 January. The campaign targets 60,000 children aged between 6 months and 15 years.
The CAR has somewhat more people than British Columbia's 4.62 million. If we had 935,000 displaced people, it would be equivalent to everyone Vancouver plus a couple of of its major suburbs.