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

  • Fri - Mar 24, 2017: Raped, Injected With Poison, Family Killed - One Woman's Story - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [IRIN] Bangui -The first time the Séléka rebels captured Danielle* she was visiting the shallow grave where her husband, father, and brothers were all buried. Danielle had witnessed the rebels kill the men outside her home just a few hours earlier. When she returned to show her mother what had happened, the fighters - still lingering outside - turned on her.
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: Armed Groups Using Schools - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [HRW] Nairobi -Armed groups in the Central African Republic have occupied, looted, and damaged school buildings, preventing children from getting an education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: Central African Republic's Lost Generation - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [HRW] Soldiers camping out in schools and breaking up desks for firewood is common in parts of the Central African Republic. According to a United Nations report from November, 20 percent of the country's schools are not operational, many because of misuse by armed groups. Some students were forced out of school four years ago, when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels cut a bloody swath through the country and seized the capital. Thousands more children stopped going to school in the ensuing years, as Christian-anim
  • Thu - Mar 23, 2017: UN Peacekeepers, Not Just Militants, Occupied Schools in CAR - Rights Group - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -A fifth of schools across the country are closed, and one in three children are not in class, with displacement, a lack of teachers, and insecurity to blame
  • Wed - Mar 22, 2017: French Prosecutors Want Child-Rape Case Dropped - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [RFI] Prosecutors in Paris have called for the case to be dropped against French soldiers facing allegations they raped children in the Central African Republic while on a peacekeeping mission.