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Central African Republic

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

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Country Name

The central African Republic.

Location

The central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa.

It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the southeast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south, the Republic of the Congo to the southwest, and Cameroon to the west.


Capital

Bangui.



Reason for naming the country

The Central African Republic was once a French colony known as Ubangi-Shari because the land is split between the basins of the Ubangi and Shari rivers.

When those partners rejected the coalition, too, Boganda decided to keep the French-inspired name for what had become a freestanding, independent Ubangi-Shari.



Flag

The Central African Republic flag was adopted on December 1, 1958.

The flag consists of four equal horizontal stripes with an equal vertical red in the middle of it.

The horizontal stripes appear from top to bottom in blue, white, green, and yellow. There is a yellow five-point star situated on the blue stripe near the top left-hand corner of the flag.

The red color represents the blood of the nation spilled in its fight for

independence, The yellow star represents a bright future, The blue stripe represents vastness, freedom, serenity, and the sky, The white color represents bravery, peace, and dignity; the green represents hope and faith;

and the yellow stripe represents the people's tolerance, hospitality, and charity.




Language

The Central African Republic's two official languages are French and Sango (also spelled Sangho), a creole developed as an inter-ethnic lingua franca based on the local Ngbandi language.

The central African Republic is one of the few African countries to have an African language as its official language.





Religion

Christianity is the predominant religion i