The crisis underway in the Central African Republic is not new. It has been silently eating away at the country for the last twenty years. Long before the events of December 2012, it was already suffering from a chronic medical emergency.
To make matters worse, Central Africans are now flooding out of their country. At the beginning of April 2012, neighbouring Chad, which has been taking in refugees since the start of the crisis, saw 10,000 people cross its borders in just a few days. Arriving from the north, they tell tales of villages attacked and burnt to the ground and family members murdered.
Find out more about our work in CAR: msf.org.uk/CAR