1. The Central African Republic has a population of 4.84 million
2. The population grows at an annual rate of 2.1 percent
3. More than 500,000 people live in or around Bangui
4. 61% of the population lives in small villages
5. About 41% of the population is younger than 15
6. There are more than 80 ethnic groups in the Central African Republic
7. The two most popular are Gbaya (33%) and Banda(27%)
8. Along the Southwest border is a significant Aka population
9. 65% of males are literate, and 34% of females are literate
10. Life expectancy for males is 45, and 48 for females
11. Speak the languages Arabic, Hunsa, and Swahili
12. Life expectancy: 47 years old

1. François Bozizé is current President and chief of state, and has most executive powers
2. Faustin-Archange Touadéra is prime minister and head of government
3. National Assembly members are elected to 5 year terms
4. A Makunji (village chief) is elected in each village
5. Voting age is 21
6. Most people are subsistence farmers
7. Some exports are coffee, cotton,tobacco, peanut, and palm oils
8. Per capita: $700
9. Annual GDP growth rate: -3.5%
10. Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc
11. Capital: Bangui



1. Was adopted on December 1, 1958
2. The yellow star in the corner symbolizes a promising future
3. There are four horizontal stripes: blue, white, green, and yellow
4. A vertical red stripe runs down the middle of the flag

1. Central African Republic covers 240,535 square miles
2. The south has dense rain forests
3. In the north there is higher elevation and the land is drier
4. Most of the country is covered by savanna
5. Since this country is landlocked, only the Oubangui River can be used by large boats
6. The first rainy season (May-December) is shorter in the north than south, and a second rainy season begins late February to early March
7. It is almost humid, with hot daytime and cold nights
8. Bordering countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, and Sudan

BEFORE 1887 - Was ruled the Aka and people escaping the slave trade
1887- Became controlled by the French
1894- French estalished the area as Ubangi-Shari territory
1906- French united new country with Chad making the Ubangi-Shari-Chad colony
1910- Country united with the Congo and Gabon
1958- Ubangi-Shari became autonomous
1960- Became an independent country
1966- First president, David Dacko, was overthrown
1976- Bokassa created monarchy and crowned himself emporer
1979- Dacko staged a coup in while Bokassa was out of the country and restored the republic.
1981- General André Kolingba overthrew Dacko
1993- Ange-Félix Patassé was elected
1996- Army mutinies occured; were later countered by U.N.-sponsored African countries and the French
1997- Truce was reached
1999- Patassé retained office
2001- U.N. soldiers left
2003- Rebel troops under former general François Bozizé had seized Bangui
2005- Bozizé defeated 10 other presidential candidates
Mid 2005- Rebels forced 300,000 to leave their homes
2008- Other rebels were brought into peace process

In Central African Republic, the main attractions are hunting, fishing, waterfalls, and the variety of animals. Of special interest are the falls at Boali and Kembé, the megaliths of Bouar, and the Pygmies at Mongoumba. Each tourist has to have a visa to indicate they were inoculated against yellow fever. The US Department of State estimated the cost of staying in Bangui $151 a day. In 1997, there were 227 hotel rooms with 347 beds to accommodate the 17,000 tourists visiting the country. I advise that you visit this amazing country in Africa.