The event featured Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi, Secretary-General of QRC, HE Check Hamodi, Head of the Central African Diplomatic Mission to Qatar, and Dr Haqqar Mohamed Ahmed, Chairman of the the Islamic Daawa and Relief Organization in Chad.
The campaign was launched at an official international press conference on Wednesday 9 April 2014 to announce the humanitarian appeal issued by QRC to relieve 6,000 families (30,000 people) displaced inside the Central African Republic or forced to move to neighboring countries, such as Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad.
At the conference, Al Mohannadi talked about the nature and goals of the campaign, and the responsibility of Qatari institutions and individuals for contributing to it. He said:
I urge all institutional donors and kindhearted individuals to lend a hand and donate as much as they can to mitigate the suffering of innocent civilians, children, women, and elderly in Central Africa and save them from homelessness and life-threatening conditions.’
Through its Disaster Response Fund, QRC had already allocated QR2,920,000 as an initial intervention to support the afflicted families by meeting their basic needs as specified by international humanitarian organisations. Planned to last for six months, this phase will provide healthcare, food and non-food items, sheltering, water, and sanitation.
According to Al Mohannadi, QRC is coordinating with the international partners working in the Central African Republic, such as the Central African Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), UNICEF, and several national and international organisations.
Having erupted in December 2013 between the Seleka and Anti-Balaka groups, the Central African civil war has so far resulted in more than 2,000 deaths and 625,000 refugees. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) classified the crisis as a humanitarian disaster, estimating that 1.3 million people need urgent food aid.
Human Rights Watch warned that with more and more Muslims displaced, , the situation may end up with all the Muslim community leaving the country to flee the violence, which is actually the case with whole districts in the capital Bangui.