Tag: Central African Republic

‘Mr. Clean,’ former math prof headed for election run-off

‘Mr. Clean,’ former math prof headed for election run-off

| January 12, 2016

(GIN)—The top two vote-getters in the Central African Republic’s just-tallied presidential ballot were a corruption fighter nicknamed “Mr Clean” by the media and a former math teacher. Both men previously held the post of prime ministers in prior administrations. Voters had turned out in large numbers to select a candidate from among 30 hopefuls. Anicet-Georges […]

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In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)–The head of the Catholic Church, making a historic trip to three countries in Africa, stopped in Nairobi’s Kangemi “informal settlement”, one of the city’s 12 enormous slums where approximately 60 percent of the population resides. With no sewage system and limited electricity, about 200,000 people live in Kangemi under tin roofs, on steep slopes […]

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Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

Pope Francis plans agenda for first African visit

| November 24, 2015

(GIN)—The globe-hopping Pope Francis is planning public masses, meetings with religious and political leaders and the opportunity to promote reconciliation and unity during his upcoming five day trip to three African countries. Countries on his itinerary include Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. After his scheduled arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Dec. 25, […]

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Interfaith activists in Central African Republic tapped for prize

Interfaith activists in Central African Republic tapped for prize

| August 25, 2015

(GIN)—Three religious clerics, the spiritual founders of a “peace platform” in the Central African Republic, were rewarded with a prize for their invaluable work. The Interfaith Peace Platform received the 2015 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize for its efforts to end the squabbling among the country’s three major faiths. “Things are slowly getting better,” said […]

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Pope Francis plans Africa trip to visit battlefields of religious strife

Pope Francis plans Africa trip to visit battlefields of religious strife

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)–Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, is scheduled to visit Uganda and the Central African Republic this year, where religious wars, before and now, have wrecked destruction and devastation on the local populations. The prelate confirmed his itinerary at a retreat of Third World Priests in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. “God […]

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AID worker who revealed sex abuse by U.N. peacekeepers of African boys vindicated

AID worker who revealed sex abuse by U.N. peacekeepers of African boys vindicated

(GIN)–French soldiers operating as peacekeepers under a U.N. mandate reportedly sexually exploited homeless young boys, including some orphans, in the Central African Republic in a crude food for sex swap over a year ago. The U.N. has now admitted that they took punitive action against a senior UN aid worker–suspending him and threatening dismissal—for leaking […]

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Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

| March 24, 2015

(GIN)–Since a coup d’etat and an extremely bloody aftermath, not much has improved in the Central African Republic and that suits the black market diamond merchants just fine. With news cameras turned away, their trade in “conflict diamonds” is proceeding at a gallop, despite a global ban. The diamond-trading ban was imposed by the Kimberley […]

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Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved. Ten elections are coming up this year–among them Nigeria, Burundi, Togo, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of […]

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Catherine Samba-Panza to lead embattled CAR

Catherine Samba-Panza to lead embattled CAR

| January 31, 2014

The Central African Republic tapped Catherine Samba-Panza to be the country’s interim president and first woman to hold the post on Jan. 20.

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