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Getting to the poorest in Central African Republic

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If you're working in the Central African Republic, getting to the poorest can be a real challenge. It's one of the poorest countries in the world; the infrastructure and the road systems have been degraded for decades. And many of the populations - displaced, the refugees, those that have been caught up in the conflict - are now scattered along this river which is the dividing line between the Central African Republic - and over there is the Congo. And to access those populations, you can't actually even use four-wheel drive. The roads are so bad and so inaccessible. And so this is how Concern gets assistance in to many of these communities that are scattered along the river. And I know, Reka, recently during the cholera outbreak when we had to mount a fairly large response, we were carrying... I don't know, what were we carrying on these canoes? So we were bringing in supplies to the river zone, which is six or seven villages that are right along the river with people who have displaced, but also people who have returned from Congo as things started to stabilise. And we were bringing in on the barges we were bringing in jerry cans, water purification tablets, soap for hand-washing and our teams would drive the motorbikes down about 40km to go down to the river, load the motorbikes onto the canoes And then it's about a seven hour canoe ride up the river to access the six villages where we're working. So, you know, it's one thing to say it's the huge commitment of Concern to reaching the poorest And that means, you know, it's not just the poorest you can reach - it's the poorest who are really at the end of the line. - it's the poorest who are really at the end of the line. And in the end, you have to do what you have to do If it takes days, if it takes hiring boats, if it takes carrying the equipment across the hills - if that's what it takes, then that's what we do.

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Posted by: sadhbhgoodhue on Feb 20, 2017

if you're working in Central African Republic, getting to the poorest can be a real challenge. Dominic MacSorley and Reka Sztopa discuss the logistics of getting help to the poorest.

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