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: 5,625,118 (2017)

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 - Feb 15, 2019: 400,000 African Pangolins Are Hunted for Meat Every Year - Why It's Time to Act - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [The Conversation Africa] Pangolins, a group of unique African and Asian scaly mammals, are considered to be one of the most heavily trafficked wild mammals in the world. They are hunted and traded for their meat, scales, and other body parts, and used as traditional medicines in parts of Africa and Asia.
  • Thu - Feb 14, 2019: Russia-Brokered Truce Takes Effect in CAR - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [CAJ News] Bangui -A LONG-AWAITED peace agreement, brokered by Russia, between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 armed groups, has at last taken effect after the final signatories inked the document.
  • Thu - Feb 14, 2019: As People Flee War and Disaster, Countries Lose 'Billions' - Study - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde - People fleeing war, natural disasters or violence within their own countries could be costing countries a combined $13 billion a year, a new study released on Wednesday revealed.
  • Wed - Feb 13, 2019: Global Count Finds Cases of Child Soldiers More Than Doubling - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Children are recruited to be fighters, informants, looters, messengers, spies and as domestic and sexual slaves
  • Tue - Feb 12, 2019: Angola Expects Car's Peace Agreement to Be Effective - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [ANGOP] Addis Ababa -The Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Manuel Augusto, said on Monday in Addis Ababa, that Angola expects that the peace agreement signed on February 5 by the Central African Republic (CAR) would be effective this time.