Kissoro Tribal Game: Can a mobile game bring peace to the troubled Central African Republic?

Kissoro Tribal Game: Can a mobile game bring peace to the troubled Central African Republic?
Last February, Teddy Kossoko, a young Central African, launched the world’s first 100% African mobile game: Kissoro Tribal Game. With this game, he intends to shed a positive light on the troubled Central African Republic, combat negative misrepresentations about Africa and promote its myths, traditions and culture. Read More

On the frontline, working in one of the world’s most dangerous countries

On the frontline, working in one of the world’s most dangerous countries
Today, over half of the population in the Central African Republic requires humanitarian aid to survive, and two million people are in need of food. Humanitarian support is seriously underfunded. Here’s an interview with Triangle GH, our recommended charity, about what it's like to work there. Read More

Can the UN’s renewed mission bring new hope to the people in CAR?

Can the UN’s renewed mission bring new hope to the people in CAR?
On November 1st, the UN unanimously renewed the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and approved the deployment of an additional 900 troops.Nevertheless, the battle to protect civilians and contain violence in the country still remains a struggle. Read More

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Who can fill the boots of the UN peacekeepers?

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Who can fill the boots of the UN peacekeepers?
After the Central African Republic descended into civil war, a UN operation, MINUSCA, was launched in 2014 to restore stability in the country. In the third of a three part series, Blandine Sixdenier, looks at the possible solutions to curb spiralling violence in the Central African Republic. Read More

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? The UN mission at work in one of Africa’s most dangerous places.

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? The UN mission at work in one of Africa’s most dangerous places.
There have been over 20 United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations in Africa since 1960. In the second of a three part series, Blandine Sixdenier, looks at the challenges and successes of one of the UN’s most recent deployments, in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest strife-ridden countries. Read More

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Understanding the role of the United Nations in CAR

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Understanding the role of the United Nations in CAR
The United Nations (UN) launched its first peacekeeping mission in Africa in 1960. Since then, over 20 operations have been authorized throughout the African continent. The UN operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) represents one of the last threads of security for many Central Africans as officials warn of genocide. Blandine Sixdenier, in a 3 part series, takes a closer look at the UN’s role in keeping the peace in one of Africa’s most dangerous countries. Read More

The who's who in the Central African Republic

The who's who in the Central African Republic
The first quarter of 2017 was marked by renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). In 2013, the country descended into civil war after the Séléka coalition ousted president Bozizé. Today, more than 14 armed groups control over 60% of the territory, and nearly half of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. Read More

5 key challenges extraordinary aid workers face in the Central African Republic

5 key challenges extraordinary aid workers face in the Central African Republic
One of the most dangerous places on the African continent, the Central African Republic remains in a fragile state today. Despite often hostile working conditions, relief workers continue to provide lifesaving assistance to many Central Africans. Aid workers in CAR face five major challenges. Read More

5 Great Things That Have Happened in the Central African Republic Since Independence

5 Great Things That Have Happened in the Central African Republic Since Independence
The Central African Republic this week celebrates 56 years as an independent nation, with a new President and new hope for the future. Despite the difficulties in the country, there are significant achievements since independence to celebrate. We’ve chosen our top five! Read More

Women in CAR: Catastrophes as Opportunities

Women in CAR: Catastrophes as Opportunities
Humanitarian crises often pose unique challenges to women. New vulnerabilities are created and old ones are exposed more brutally. However, in these times of chaos there is also a window of opportunity, a period of restructuring, when the role of women can be improved in a society transitioning into peace. Read More

CAR: When Peacekeepers Become Predators

CAR: When Peacekeepers Become Predators
“I express my profound regret that these children were betrayed by the very people sent to protect them,” said Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN). He was referring to one of the many allegations of sexual abuse carried out by UN staff in the Central African Republic (CAR) since a peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) was authorized there in 2013. The most recent of these came out today and involved new accusations of rape and sexual abuse; including against minors. “Peacekeepers should be protectors, not predators” said HRW Read More

What to Know about the Presidential Candidates in the Central African Republic

What to Know about the Presidential Candidates in the Central African Republic
As discussed in my last post, the Central African Republic (CAR) is in the midst of holding presidential elections. These are the first elections to be held since the crisis broke out in 2013, which resulted in the ousting of the then President Francois Bozizé. A transitional government was set up in 2014 which has ruled the country until the first round of elections was finally held on December 30. Read More

Positive End of the Year for CAR

Positive End of the Year for CAR
Central African Republic (CAR) is often condemned in the media to the now familiar stereotype of the “war-torn African nation.” Since a coup in 2013, the country has indeed been embroiled in an ongoing conflict set to the backdrop of state breakdown. But in December 2015, CAR made the headlines for two new, more positive reasons. Read More

CAR: Why is a Rich Country So Poor?

CAR: Why is a Rich Country So Poor?
How can one of the richest countries in the world also be one of the poorest? The resource curse, a sad reality in many parts of the world, is a paradox of economic and political development. In some cases, the countries that are the richest in natural resources are the poorest and most conflict ridden. Read More

6 Things Preventing Peace in CAR

6 Things Preventing Peace in CAR
The Central African Republic (CAR) is a small nation, a forgotten nation most of the time, but one of the poorest and most conflict ridden in the world. Located between Chad and Sudan, every few years CAR appears in the news for another outbreak of violence. Most recently a group of Muslim rebels from the north called Séléka seized the government in 2013 leading to violent retaliatory attacks by local Christian militias. Unrest and violence continues today. But what exactly is happening and why? What caused this bloodshed? And what is preventing peace from moving forward? Read More

What’s wrong with CAR? Commitment Crises in the Center of Africa

What’s wrong with CAR? Commitment Crises in the Center of Africa
Deep in the center of forgotten Africa, the Central African Republic has fallen victim yet again to escalating violence. Since the weekend, following the death of a Muslim motorcycle taxi driver, more than 40 people have been murdered and 100 injured in retaliatory attacks. In the capital Bangui, more than 40,000 people have been displaced. Read More
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