50 Fascinating Facts About Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is the landlocked country in the heart of Africa. It is bounded on the north by Chad, on the northeast by Sudan, on the east by South Sudan, on the south by the Republic of Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and on the west by Cameroon. It achieved independence from France in 1960 after being a part of French Equatorial Africa. The country, like many others in Africa, is undergoing civil conflict. Much of the hostility stems from religious differences, which have pushed the country into poverty. The government is endowed with abundant natural resources, authentic culture, and stunning scenery. Let us begin by learning a bit more about the country:

Fascinating Facts

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The Central African Republic (CAR) is indeed a landlocked country located in the heart of Central Africa. A nation is surrounded by land and has no access to the sea.
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At least 8,000 years ago, the Central African Republic was inhabited. At least 8,000-year-old polished flint or quartz tools have already been discovered.
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Throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, European and Arab slave merchants exploited the region, forcefully removing tens of thousands of people and transporting them to slave markets in Egypt, Turkey, and the Atlantic coast, in which they were transferred to the Americas.
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In the 1880s, France seized the territory as part of their takeover of what became French Congo. This comprised the Central African Republic of Ubangi-Shari, Chad, Gabon, and the Middle Congo (the Republic of the Congo).
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The Central African Republic became independent in 1960, with David Dacko serving as the country's first president.
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Since independence, the Central African Republic has faced significant instability, with several coups and internal wars.
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Since 2013, the Central African Republic has seen severe violence due to violent battles between armed groups. This has resulted in the emigration of over 600,000 individuals and the displacement of another 600,000 people within the nation.
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The Central African Republic is among 17 nations designated dangerous for visitors to visit by the UK Foreign Office.
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The Congolese Rainforest, the world's second-biggest, is partially located in the Central African Republic. Congolese Rainforest comprises six countries: Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and the Central African Republic.
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According to " The New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness, the Central African Republic, Chad, and Madagascar are the least impacted by light pollution; according to "The New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness."
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The Central African Republic was home to the Pygmy ethnic group, whose diminutive size was generally less than five feet tall. The term "Pygmy" derives from the Greek meaning "dwarf," even though Pygmies have normal proportions.
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The Central African Republic is the world's second poorest country, based on purchasing power parity GDP per capita (PPP).
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The Central African Republic was named the world's most impoverished – or malnourished – country in 2019. It was the one country deemed "very worrisome."
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The Central African Republic ranks sixth in the world in terms of CO2 emissions per capita.
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The Center African Republic's flag is unusual, consisting of horizontal blue, white, green, and yellow bands covered by a central red vertical stripe. Additionally, there is a yellow star in the top left corner.
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The Central African Republic is endowed with an abundance of natural resources, notably diamonds, gold, oil, and wood, as well as vast tracts of arable land and electricity.
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The Central African Republic is a biodiversity hotspot, home to several rare and unique species such as, elephants, hippos, gorillas lions, crocodiles, Cheetahs, leopards, and rhinos.
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As of 2002, the Central African Republic was home to 209 mammalian species, 168 avian species, more than 3,600 plants species.
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Additionally, the Central African Republic is home to 597 butterfly species.
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The Central African Republic is home to a single UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Manovo-Gouda St Floris National Park. It is well-known for the diversity of its wildlife, which includes rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, gazelles, and buffalo.
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The country is a haven for wildlife and flowers. It is home to numerous unique species, such as the Oubangui Mouse, the Skink (a reptile that resembles a snake), the Sangha Forest Robin, and the Sternfield River Frog!
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The Central African Republic, along with Madagascar, is the country least impacted by light pollution. Over three-quarters of the country's population lives in areas with clear night skies and can see the Milky Way plainly at night. Sigh, this is such an uncommon occurrence in our nation.
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The Central African Republic is among the world's poorest countries. Despite its abundant natural resources, like most of its neighbors, there is a constant fight for control of the riches, which has plunged the nation into chronic unrest.
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Education is also a problem since poverty and poor living circumstances drive individuals to begin working early. There are insufficient educational resources in the country, and a recent poll revealed a decline in the number of students enrolled in public schools.
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In the country, child marriages are legal. In the Central African Republic, weddings are not subject to severe age limitations. Many of the country's female residents are supposed to marry before the age of 15.
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Although polygamy is uncommon in the nation, it is nonetheless permitted. Indeed, males can date many ladies concurrently and are even encouraged to pursue relationships from outside marriage.
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The country is home to more than 80 ethnic groups, each with its unique language. Baya, Banda, Mandija, and Sara are the most dominant groupings.
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The country's hot temperature favors the cultivation of tobacco, coffee, cotton, peanuts, millet, plantain, maize, sesame, and tapioca, all of which are exported.
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Due to the country's tropical environment, it previously had the third-largest low rainforest in Africa. Due to population growth and insufficient contemporary means of subsistence, most forest have been destroyed via logging.
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The CAR is home to a plethora of armed organizations and militias. Armed organizations and militias are believed to control up to 80% of the area, posing a challenge to the central government's authority wherever they operate. Armed organizations have stopped many internally displaced individuals from returning home.
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In CAR, 75% of the population is under the age of 35. However, most young people are jobless, which makes them an ideal target for armed rebel organizations. Employment among adolescents is expected to be 12.5%.
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The Central African Republic is home to around 3,600 plant species, 663 bird species, 131 mammalian species, 187 reptile species, and 29 amphibian species.
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There are five national parks and 33 additional protected sites in the Central African Republic.
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The Central African Republic's history is broadly divided into four significant eras.
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Around 10,000 years ago, nomadic people began settling, farming, and fishing in the area.
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The second phase began around 1,000–3,000 years ago when several non-indigenous tribes began migrating into the area from other continent regions.
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The third era encompassed France and Germany's colonial invasion and governance from the late 1800s to 1960 when the Central African Republic gained independence.
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The fourth and final phase encompassed the Central African Republic's independence.
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The country is split into approximately 80 ethnic groups, each of which speaks a distinct language. The Baya, Banda, Mandjia, Sara, Mboum, M'Baka, Yakima, and Fula or Fulani are the major ethnic groupings, with others consisting primarily of Europeans of French ancestry.
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Despite vast mineral deposits and other natural resources, including uranium reserves, crude oil, gold, diamonds, cobalt, timber, and hydropower, the Central African Republic is among the world's ten poorest countries.
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Basketball is the most popular sport in the country. Football is also quite popular.
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The Central African Republic of the Central African Republic includes two official languages: French & Sango. The Central African Republic's population was predicted to be 5,043,280 persons as of 1 January 2017.
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With a land size of 622,984 square kilometers, it is the 43rd biggest nation in the world (240,535 square miles)
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Bangui, or Bangî in Sango, is the Central African Republic's capital and largest city. It was founded as a French outpost in 1889 and was called after its location on the Ubangi River's northern bank.
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It is bounded on the north by Chad, on the northeast by Sudan, on the east by South Sudan, on the south by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by the Republic of the Congo, and the west by Cameroon.
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Due to its geographical position, the country was the last of the areas of Africa to be evaluated and colonized by Europeans.
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The country was once known as Ubangi-Shari and gained independence from France in 1960.
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With a 622,984 km2, the Central African Republic is more significant than Poland, and Italy combined. It is Africa's twentieth biggest country.
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The Central African Republic's capital is Bangui, which is also the country's largest city. Berberati, Bangassou, Carnot, Bambari, Bouara and Kaga-Bandoro, are also important cities.
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The Central African Republic is home to approximately 70 languages, although French and Sango's official languages.

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