CAR: Engulfed in Violence and Unrest
Landlocked, almost center of Africa, Central African Republic (CAR) is slightly smaller than Texas. It shares borders with Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. The capital is in the southern riverside city of Bangui.
Since 2012, the Central African Republic (CAR) has appeared in news reports as one of the most troubled countries in Africa. CAR is the name of the former French colonial territory known as Ubangi-Shari, subjected primarily to exploitative colonialism. In 1960, Ubangi-Shari was decolonized and power transferred to a succession of military regimes. The volatile nature of CAR’s post-colonial political system has caused substantial lagging in the establishment of basic civil liberties and political rights. Freedom House, the global watchdog monitoring political freedom, categorizes CAR as a ‘partly free’ country, with a score of 5 for both civil liberties and political rights. Freedom House listed CAR among the nine countries that have marked a decline in their political freedom scores over the past year.
- For Christians to be committed to restoration, unity and peace.
- For the women who have been raped or sexually assaulted; that they will receive trauma counseling and encouragement from the Christian community.
- That the violence and unrest, which has devastated the country, will end in 2015.