International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Central African Republic

IRC staff members pour emergency supplies of rice into a bag for displaced man
Photo: Peter Biro/The IRC

For decades, the Central African Republic has experienced conflict that continues despite a tenuous peace process. This ongoing instability has displaced hundreds of thousands people and stunted the nation’s growth. The International Rescue Committee is providing emergency assistance and also helping the people of CAR to rebuild their lives in safe, healthy and productive communities — laying a foundation for the country’s future.

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How We Help


    • The IRC educates community leaders on national law and human rights.


    • The IRC works with farmers and entrepreneurs to improve job prospects, grow businesses and restore local economies.


    • The IRC distributes food and offers economic opportunities to displaced and vulnerable community members like women and young adults.


    • The IRC provides health care and emotional support to survivors of sexual violence.


    • We support and build schools that teach children to read and write and provide them with a safe place to play.


    • We build latrines, dig wells and repair water sources to improve hygiene and access to safe water.

(Updated October 2013)

April 10, 2014 | Press Release
The International Rescue Committee welcomes the UN Security Council’s decision today to authorize a UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since the outbreak of conflict there 18 months ago, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes, and an untold number, estimated in the thousands, have been killed.

Forgotten emergency

The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Hear from IRC aid workers, partners and others who are responding to and reporting on the crisis in the Central African Republic and other "forgotten" emergencies: