Despite the outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, a small group of volunteers is roaming the roads of the country, screening films in the most remote regions. In Bayanga, a pygmy region in the south-west of Central African Republic, where few people have ever seen a cinema screen, the Travelling Digital Cinema broadcasts educational films to sensitize people to contemporary societal issues.
After years of armed conflict in the Central African Republic, there are currently 1.5 million children, or two out of three children, who are in desperate need of humanitarian aid in the country, says UNICEF.
In northern Gabon, the equatorial forest is everywhere and many consider it dangerous… except Baka Pygmies, who know every nook and cranny. The Baka people are held in folklore to be Africa’s oldest inhabitants, living today in forests stretching from Gabon and Cameroon inland to the Congos and the Central African Republic.
A three-man crew of Russian journalists was killed in the Central African Republic, with colleagues saying they were shooting a film about mercenaries in the country. Local police say they may have fallen victim to a robbery. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9bgl
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Every Sunday, young people from all walks of life gather at Bangui’s “20,000 Places Stadium” in the Central African Republic to learn Capoeira and rebuild bonds that have been damaged by war and violence that has plagued their country for years.
Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity from ongoing bankruptcy proceedings in the UK on the basis that he is an ambassador for the Central African Republic.
International war crimes judges acquit former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba on appeal, overturning an 18-year sentence for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic in 2002-3. SOUNDBITE
There were several thousand of them before 2011, and only a hundred today, yet the Lord’s Resistance Army continues to claim victims in Obo, in the extreme southeast of the Central African Republic. Since the departure of US and Ugandan troops who considerably weakened Joseph Kony’s notorious militia, the LRA no longer encounters any resistance.
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