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Central African Republic: The parable of the 11 stolen motorcycles
Central African Republic: The parable of the 11 stolen motorcycles
In 2015, in a vicious round of riots in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Sylvestre Dothe’s house was burned to the ground. He...
Russia is the clumsy latecomer at Africa’s superpower party
Russia is the clumsy latecomer at Africa’s superpower party
Some time towards the middle of last year, an unmarked vehicle began to pay weekly visits to the Grand Cafe in central Bangui. The upscale...
Just one month in, optimism around CAR’s peace deal is fading
Just one month in, optimism around CAR’s peace deal is fading
One month after a peace deal was signed to end the civil war, fighting continues in the Central African Republic, while the thorny issue of...
It is far too early to celebrate peace in the Central African Republic
It is far too early to celebrate peace in the Central African Republic
In late 2017, from his air-conditioned office inside a fortified compound in central Bangui, the man tasked with keeping the peace in the Central...
​Boy Scouts in a war zone
​Boy Scouts in a war zone
There are more boy scouts than peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. Even in the midst of a civil war, the scouts are arguably more...
Two thirds of African cities face 'extreme climate risk'
Two thirds of African cities face 'extreme climate risk'
Rapid population growth and poor infrastructure have put two out of three cities in Africa at "extreme risk" of the threats posed by climate...
The boy who walked again
The boy who walked again
Bangui — ‘I was in a church, and then it all happened. It was a rocket,” says Jeovahni Mongounou.
Using UN troops to make countries more stable can be a risky business
Using UN troops to make countries more stable can be a risky business
In 2017 56 UN peacekeepers were killed in malicious acts such as when they were deliberately attacked, the most fatalities of that kind since 1994. All but one...
A tourist’s guide to Bangui
A tourist’s guide to Bangui
The receptionist at the Hotel Ledger, the closest thing to a five-star establishment in Bangui, looks at me quizzically and asks me to repeat...
No hurry to probe French CAR troops accused of child rape
No hurry to probe French CAR troops accused of child rape
The French defence minister called the French military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) a “success”.
Bangui bunglers score R209m in contracts
Bangui bunglers score R209m in contracts
The aircraft brokering company that failed South African soldiers during the battle of Bangui – among other transgressions – has since landed...
SA soldiers died in CAR while generals dithered
SA soldiers died in CAR while generals dithered
Internal South African National Defence Force (SANDF) documents paint a dramatic picture of desperate efforts by operations staff to source a cargo...

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