From the field - Hard times in the Central African Republic

From the field - Hard times in the Central African Republic - © ICRC/KOKIC, Marko

From the field - Hard times in the Central African Republic - © ICRC/KOKIC, Marko

Few stories about the Central African Republic surface in the international media despite the poverty and violence that continues to plague the country. 

Villagers who live in remote northeastern regions are preyed upon by armed groups, some of which cross the country's porous borders to raid and loot during the dry season.

Villages are regularly burned down. Civilians who have lost the little they had are forced to flee. Many of them end up permanently displaced. Few, if any, humanitarian organizations are able to intervene due to the multiplicity of armed actors and poor security.

In the southeast, the Lord's Resistance Army continues to terrorize the population. In the west, a disarmament process is underway, but it is slow and many combattants have yet to give up their weapons.

ICRC staff photographer Marko Kokic travelled to the Central African Republic in 2010. See his photographs here.

Katarina Ritz, who heads the ICRC delegation in the country, describes what remains an extremely challenging context.