Central African Republic

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bangui

Government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Economy:

  • 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: 4,709,000 (2014)

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

Major Ethic Groups:

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

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

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: 'Around 100 Killed' in Bria Despite Truce Deal - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Al Jazeera] As many as 100 people may have been killed in a day of clashes between rival factions in the Central African Republic town of Bria, shortly after a truce deal was signed, the town's mayor said.
  • Wed - Jun 21, 2017: 'Dozens Killed' in CAR's Bria Despite Ceasefire Deal - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Al Jazeera] Around 50 people have been killed in Bria, in the Central African Republic, when clashes broke out between rival armed factions despite the signing a day earlier of a truce deal, the mayor of the town has said.
  • Wed - Jun 21, 2017: People With Disabilities At High Risk - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [HRW] Nairobi -People with disabilities in the Central African Republic have faced violent attacks, forced displacement, and ongoing neglect in the humanitarian response, Human Rights Watch said today. A peace accord signed on June 19, 2017, offers a chance to help this abused and marginalized group.
  • Wed - Jun 21, 2017: Justice Needed for Lasting Peace in CAR - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [HRW] Civilians in the Central African Republic caught a break this week. The government and armed groups signed a peace accord on June 19 that includes a ceasefire and political reform measures, which could put an end to a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and caused immense suffering.
  • Wed - Jun 21, 2017: Peace Deal in Doubt As Dozens Die in Fresh Fighting - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Deutsche Welle] Close to 50 people have been killed after fresh fighting broke out in a small town in the Central African Republic. On Monday, the government signed its latest peace deal with 13 armed groups.