Central African Republic



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Capital: Bangui

Government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Faustin-Archange Touadéra


  • Subsistence agriculture, together with forestry, remains the backbone of the economy, with about 60% of the population living in outlying areas.
  • The agricultural sector generates more than half of GDP.
  • Timber accounts for 16% of export earnings and the diamond industry, 40%.

Population: 5,745,062 (2018)

Land Size: 622,984 sq km (240,535 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Baya: 33%
  • Banda: 27%
  • Mandjia: 13%
  • Sara: 10%
  • Mboum: 7%
  • M’Baka: 4%
  • Yakoma: 4%
  • Other: 2%

  • Indigenous beliefs: 35%
  • Protestant: 25%
  • Roman Catholic: 25%
  • Muslim: 15%


  • French (official)
  • Sangho (lingua franca and national language)
  • Gbaya
  • Banda



  • Fri - Jun 14, 2019: UN Finds 115 Million 'Child Grooms' With Central African Republic Topping List - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Children married young tend to leave school, have limited economic opportunities, and are more vulnerable to abuse and mental health problems than those who marry later
  • Fri - Jun 14, 2019: Violence Against Christians On the Rise in Africa - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Deutsche Welle] The African continent is seeing an increasing number of violent attacks on Christians. Church representatives are particularly at risk of being targeted ― as are imams.
  • Tue - Jun 11, 2019: Central African Republic - Rebels Complete Disarmament - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Cameroon Tribune] The Revolution Justice was one of the 14 signatories of the February 5, 2019 Khartoum, Sudan peace accord with the government.
  • Thu - Jun 6, 2019: Libya Frees Dozens of Sub-Saharan Refugees, Migrants - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [VOA] Some 3,000 asylum seekers and migrants remain trapped in government detention centers in Tripoli, close to the fighting where their lives are at risk.
  • Tue - Jun 4, 2019: Operation Launched to Rid the Country of Rebels - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [CAJ News] Bangui -PEACEKEEPING forces have reinforced security to thwart deadly attacks west of the Central African Republic (CAR) where 34 civilians were recently killed.