Central African Republic Crisis
Beneficiary Yazam Lionnee and her daughter Ngoungouwou talk with Julien Bakolo, Animateur, Caritas on a food voucher distribution day at the Hotel de Ville / Town Hall in the town of Boda, Lobaye District, Central African Republic (CAR) on December 3, 2013.
She is beneficiary of a CRS food voucher program. She does not work because of health problems and her husband is deceased, has 6 children and 9 grandchildren. She is 65 years old.
Yazam Lionnee - “I have received vouchers worth 25,000 francs ($50) and will use them to buy manyok, rice, meat and smoked fish. This will support the family for a maximum of two weeks. It’s the first time I have participated in the project. My kids work in the fields, more so now since the mining has stopped in the region. Before they would do some mining and some agricultural work to bring home money. My health and the health of my family is the biggest problem that I face. I cannot work in the fields any longer so rely on my children to support the family. The current crisis in the country has impacted on the family’s ability to get by. Before my family worked a bit in the mines and also the fields but we do not have the means now to support ourselves. We eat a meal of manyok two times per day with gambo (local vegetable). We cultivate our own manyok in the fields. Occasionally we eat fruit and meat if we can afford it, maybe two times in the month. My husband was a Pasteur so I have a strong faith which helps me get through the crisis. I also have my family to thank for helping me get by. I ask that God protects us in this current crisis and all that passes in the future in CAR. “
CRS and partner organisation Caritas has provided immediate food security support to vulnerable households in the Lobaye Prefecture in the south west of CAR. Targeting 1,811 food insecure families, or 10,866 total beneficiaries, vouchers were distributed to vulnerable households which could be exchanged for food items at local markets. Th
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