An additional $26 million (23 million euros) has been received in pledges as aid for the Central African Republic by various countries at an event in New York.
The recurring violence in the CAR has claimed at least 41 lives and left 226 people injured since the clashes erupted almost a week ago, according to the latest figures from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The US government pledged an additional $15.5 million, the UK $10.6 million and Luxembourg $550,000 to support the ongoing transition, elections and humanitarian assistance.
However, findings show that an additional $85 million is required for a range of activities including disarmament, security sector reform, the creation of a special criminal court, elections and direct budgetary support for the government.
Recent violence in the capital of the country, Bangui was sparked on Saturday by the killing of a Muslim taxi driver resulting in protests, reprisal attacks and armed conflict.
“Recent events were an attempt by some elements to take power by force and reignite sectarian conflict,” said the interim president of the CAR, Catherine Samba-Panza.