U.S. to provide aid to war-torn Central African Republic

20 December 2013 5:35 PM

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U.S. to provide aid to war-torn Central African Republic

The United States plans to provide more than $100 million in security and humanitarian assistance to the war-torn Central African Republic, the White House announced Thursday.

"The CAR faces extraordinary challenges to restore security and to ensure protection of the civilian population," the White House said in a statement.

It added: "We are actively working to help end the violence, protect civilians, prevent atrocities, provide humanitarian assistance, and help create an environment that allows constitutional and democratic governance to be restored."

Up to $101 million is targeted for "restoring security," the White House said, including "defense services for French forces and defense articles and services for the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic."

And $15 million will be provided in humanitarian assistance, in addition to the $24 million approved in the current budget.

Source: usatoday.com

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