Central African Republic

History

The former French colony of Ubangi-Shari became the Central African Republic upon independence in 1960. After three tumultuous decades of misrule – mostly by military governments – civilian rule was established in 1993 and lasted for one decade. In March, 2003 President Ange-Felix Patasse was deposed in a military coup led by General Francois Bozize, who established a transitional government. Elections held in 2005 affirmed General Bozize as president; he was reelected in 2011 in voting widely viewed as flawed. The government still does not fully control the countryside, where pockets of lawlessness persist. The militant group the Lord’s Resistance Army continues to destabilize southeastern Central African Republic, and several rebel groups joined together in early December 2012 to launch a series of attacks that left them in control of numerous towns in the northern and central parts of the country. The rebels – who are unhappy with Bozize’s government – participated in peace talks in early January 2013 which resulted in a coalition government including the rebellion’s leadership. In March 2013, the coalition government dissolved, rebels seized the capital, and President Bozize fled the country. Rebel leader Michel Djotodia assumed the presidency, reappointed Nicolas Tiangaye as Prime Minister, and established a transitional government on 31 March. On 13 April 2013, the National Transitional Council affirmed¬†Djotodia as President. (Taken from CIA Factbook 2013)

CIA World Factbook – Central African Republic (2013)

BBC’s country profile on Central African Republic

History of Aim International in Central African Republic

In 1924, John Buyse became the first AIM missionary to arrive in Central African Republic (CAR). In those days, the country was known as French Equatorial Africa. Buyse went in prospecting for a suitable place to set up the first base and decided on Zemio. Two couples arrived later that year and another group arrived in early 1926. Soon after, they were working in the centres of Obo, Zemio, and Djema. Over the years missionaries came and went, each one faithfully sharing the hope of Christ in the country. Conflicts in neighbouring countries brought refugees into CAR, allowing the gospel to be shared with them also.

During the French Colonial Era, missionaries were discouraged from carrying out medical work and from running schools. Despite this, AIM workers were still able to treat medical ailments at their centres, teach literacy and Bible classes, and run boarding schools for both boys and girls. Many of the graduates from these schools are the strong leaders of CAR churches today.

Since independence from French rule in 1960, AIM International in CAR has increased its scope of work. A Bible school to train pastors opened in 1970, while in Obo, a trade school was established to instruct men and women in carpentry, animal husbandry, mechanics, and nursing.

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