Monday, December 2, 2013

Is the Central African Republic the world's most unstable country?

On Sunday, December 1, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC, the Interim Preaching Minister Dr. Stan Hastey spoke, in a sermon titled “Advent and Apocalypse”, about the Central African Republic (CAR). North of the Congo (itself covered so well this fall by one of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” episodes) and landlocked completely, but largely south of the Sahara, it is one of the most lawless places on Earth with one of the lowest per capita incomes (ranked 179 out of 187), despite abundant natural resources.  The conditions there are described as more disorganized than even those in Somalia or Rwanda (in the 1990s).  The country is apparently a leftover of French colonialism in the 19th Century. The capital Bangui, on the southern border, is described as one of the most dangerous in the world.

Because of lack of development, most of the power is hydroelectric, which ironically sounds like a good thing for the environment and sustainability. But not for the economy there now.
If this is a part of the world where “volunteers” are needed to build infrastructure, it’s easy to see why there are to step up.  

Wikipedia attribution link for CAR classroom.


Michael Gerson has an op-ed on the CAR in the Washington Post on Friday Dec. 13, "The Central African Republic needs our help", link here. It could become the next haven for international terrorists.

Update: January 9. 2014

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NBC News has a video on the Central African Republic.

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