Two teams confront each other on the dusty sports field, wielding roughly cut sticks to whack a homemade puck at high speed. For the middle-aged and beyond, the sight of this rugged game triggers distant memories, of happier times. The sport, known as ngbaba, is unique to the Central African Republic — and, almost like the embattled country itself, has been hauled back from near-death.
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In a makeshift tent, 43-year-old Congolese psychologist Mamie Nouria Meniko analyses the drawings of children suffering from PTSD in the Lazaré displaced persons’ camp. Families from the region are squeezed together here, having fled the abuses of armed groups. For Meniko, this method helps bridge the gap between children and adults.
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The ‘Broto’ horn is a traditional musical instrument, played in the Central African Republic by the ethnic group from which it derives its name. It is a practice that dates back years, but is also increasingly under threat, as the traditions that accompany it are gradually lost with the passing of time.
This week on Africa Weekly, we meet some of the Central African Republic’s “repats” who have managed to set up profitable livelihoods after returning to their country, despite it being one of the poorest in the world, and we track the growth of the African video gaming industry following the global success of a Cameroonian game.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
The government of Central African Republic signs a peace deal in Bangui with the armed groups that control of most of the country. It is hoped that the accord will bring an end to a bloody, years-long conflict.
This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Nigeria, where locally produced methamphetamines have become so popular that internal security is under threat as armed gangs vye for control of the market. And we follow the Travelling Digital Cinema in Central African Republic, where a small group of volunteers is roaming the conflict-ridden country to broadcast educational films on sensitive social issues.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
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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