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Central African Republic

Population: 4,900,270

Rank: Central Africa: 22, World: 45

Languages: French and Sango
Major People Groups: 78.7% Adamawa-Ubangie, 6.2% Sudanic, 3.6% Fulbe, 11.3% Other

Please pray for the healing of this country, which has been torn by civil war for 3 years (really, because of coups and resulting turmoil, almost for its entire existence) Please pray for the new Christian president.

The Central African Republic has long had one of the least effective central governments on the continent. From the very beginning of this country's independence from France, the mysterious death of Barthélemy Boganda, who had been poised to become the first president, cast a shadow over the nation. A series of coups followed, including a notorious period under a self-declared emperor, Jean-Bedel Bokassa. Violence from rebel groups has made life increasingly difficult for the citizens of the Central African Republic. In 2013, "Séléka," a coalition of mostly Muslim rebel groups, seized the capital, making one of their leaders president and forcing the previous president to flee the country. Eventually the president of France, UN Security Council and African Union persuaded the president to disband Séléka, and Catherine Samba-Panza was elected interim president, the first female president in Central Africa. On March 30 of this year, a previous Prime Minister, Faustin Archange Touadéra, was elected as the new president. Today, CAR remains one of the most lawless, dangerous and unstable nations on earth. Thousands have been killed so far in the four-year civil war. Nearly a million are internally displaced, while hundreds of thousands are refugees in the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On December 14, 2015 the Séléka declared an autonomous state in the city of Kaga-Bandoro, calling it the "Republic of Logone."

The northern part of CAR has an indigenous Muslim population dating back centuries. This was however a very small segment of the population of CAR at independence (1960). Increased desertification and the rich natural resources of CAR have resulted in a large immigration of Muslims from mainly southern Chad and Sudan in the last decades. As the majority of these Muslims have been entering the country throughout the years as foreigners, the Central African government has not been favorable to give them identity and birth papers. The parallel with Ivory Coast is coming up where Muslims from northern regions and foreign descent were not accepted as citizens.

The Bangui Declaration, issued and signed by CAR’s most prominent Christian leaders on 6 October 2013, describes recent events in the country “of a jihadist nature” and Séléka as a coalition “90% consisting of Muslim extremists from Chad and Sudan.” The same declaration also notes: “The participation of foreigners in the Séléka, specifically Chadian and Sudanese mercenaries speaking only Arabic, must be noted.” The declaration concludes warning once more that the country is “falling into the hands of extremists and religious fanatics.”

Central African Republic Government

The CAR is a "semi-presidential" form of Government. The president is elected by popular vote to a six-year term. The prime minister and cabinet are appointed by the President but are subject to the legislature (National Assembly). The president is head of state and the prime minister is head of government.

Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic since March 2016

Simplice Sarandji, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic since April, 2016

Christian ministries operating

in Central African Republic:
Evangelical Free Church of America
SIM/Sudan Interior Mission/“Serving In Mission”
Baptist Mid-Missions
Encompass World Partners/Grace Brethren
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Baptist World Alliance
Online Missionaries in CAR
Dessacka Abdon Kevin
Davis Galero
Sytis Christian

Central African Republic Conditions

For every 20,000 citizens, there is only one physician in the Central African Republic. As of 2010, CAR had the 4th highest maternal mortality in the world and 25% of women undergo FGM. Births are often attended by traditional healers with little or no formal training. Malaria is endemic in the CAR and is among the leading causes of death. HIV/AIDS infects about 4.7% of the adult population, and it also has one of the world's highest rates of child mortality. There is widespread mob violence, summary execution and mutilation without recourse to trial. Torture, rape and inhumane conditions are reported in the country's prisons. Accusations of witchcraft can lead to violence against women and children,as it is a criminal offense in the CAR.

2015 Population Graph for CAR
The IHME mortality chart for Central African Republic reveals that Malaria, AIDS, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, along with malnutrition-related conditions, make up the largest blocks of morbidity statistics (about 37%) compared to <1% for the USA.

The Central African Republic has the highest level of hunger worldwide, according to the 2015 Global Hunger Index. 2.1 million people (47% of population) are undernourished.

GMO's Stats on Central African Republic

In 2015, we had 8,824 visits, 1,443 indicated decisions and 321 Gospel Visits from Central African Republic. We have 3 Online Missionaries in the Central African Republic.

 

God can change my life to find a good job because there is the war in my country Central African Republique. I want that God help me to live this country. —Central African visitor to truelove.godlife.com, Benam

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