Flooding | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating flooding. Ten days of torrential rain in the Central African Republic have plunged swathes of the country underwater, creating a new emergency in one of the world’s poorest nations.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Ngbaba, a sport lost in time, returns to battered C. Africa | AFP

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 Central African Republic, traumatised children draw for therapy | AFP

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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Central African brotos, a musical tradition under threat

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.

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Mobile cinema promotes “peace” in the Central African Republic

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.

Gabon’s Baka people continue elephant hunding despite ban

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.

3 prominent Russian journalists killed in 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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Down but not out: Lord’s Resistance Army haunts C.Africa

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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In ravaged CAfrica, a quest to turn swords into ploughshares

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CAR violence worst since 2014, half a million displaced: WFP

The World Food Programme warns that violence in Central African Republic has reached a point not seen since 2014, when violence between armed groups began. The unrest has displaced more than half a million people across the country – more than at any time since the clashes began.

Mission complete? France shuts down peacekeeping op in war-torn Central African Republic

The UN has been urging lawmakers in the Central African Republic to take action as conflict rages throughout the country, with rebel groups trying to unseat the government. Sixty people have been killed over the past month, but some peacekeepers have already ended their mission, hailing it as a success. Tumelo Mothotoane has more on France’s departure from the troubled country.

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‘There was nothing I could do’: New instances of rape by soldiers documented in Central Africa

New allegations have emerged of sex abuses by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.
That’s after Sputnik news agency travelled to the country to gather testimonies from witnesses on the ground.
France sent more than a thousand troops to its former colony in 2013, in a bid to quell an uprising by Muslim rebels.

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