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: 5,990,855 (2020)

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%
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

  • Tue - May 11, 2021: Gov't Arrests Frenchman Found Hiding 'Huge Weapons Cache' in Home - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [RFI] A Frenchman has been arrested in the Central African Republic after police discovered a "very large arsenal" of weapons in his home.
  • Tue - May 11, 2021: I Am Recovering - Missionary Wounded By a Mine - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Agenzia Fides] Bangui -- "I am recovering, I think that in a few days I will be ready to go back to work", says Fr. Arialdo Urbani, the Betharramite missionary (as the members of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Betharram are called) who was injured when the truck he was driving, belonging to the Catholic Mission of Niem, exploded a mine located on the road between Niem and Kolo, in the Central African Republic (see Fides, 5 and 6 May 2021).
  • Tue - May 11, 2021: Young Missionary Collaborator Dies in Car Explosion in Niem Mission - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Agenzia Fides] Bangui -- A young missionary collaborator is the only victim of the explosion of a mine that exploded under the car of the Catholic Mission of Niem. "Fr. Arialdo Urbani and one of his members of the Mission were on the way to the village of Kolo to attend a school run by the Mission", said Bishop Mirosław Gucwa of Bouar in an interview with Fides.
  • Tue - May 11, 2021: Society Must Find Balance - Cardinal Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Agenzia Fides] Bangui -- "A change is underway in the Central African Republic. The armed rebels who had entered the cities have left them and are in the forests. It remains to be seen whether this is real or just temporary peace. Now it is important that there is a awareness among people. It is crucial to create a sense of peace in people in order to disarm hearts. Not only the rebels, but society as a whole must find a balance and pave the way to peace". Cardinal Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, speaking to Agenzia Fides sees
  • Mon - May 10, 2021: CAR Prime Minister Recognizes Rwandan Police Peacekeepers - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [New Times] The Prime Minister of Central African Republic (CAR), Firmin Ngrebada, on Friday, May 7, awarded certificates to his Rwandan 'Special Escort Team' in recognition of their service.