C is for Central African Republic

03 Apr


View of Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic.

View of Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic.

(A to Z Blog Challenge 2015 – Back to Africa)  My best friend came to visit us in Holland after returning from the Central African Republic, so I asked if she would guest blog for today’s “C.” –Kristin

(Guest Blogger Sara Rasnake)

Me with the High School students.

Who would have guessed that half a world away and many decades later, Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream Speech would be inspiring children in the Central African Republic. Lifting up people a life time away who have experienced so much strife.

The Central African Republic, (i.e. CAR) is a beautiful country rich in natural resources.  Its people are intelligent, kind, and entrepreneurial.

What they don’t have is infrastructure.  Many schools have been destroyed.  Many families have lost loved ones.  Though many people are ready to start over, petty crime as well as home invasions and other more serious infractions are still a problem.

The people are tired of violence.  They want disarmament, they want an end to a culture of impunity, and they want someone reliable to vote for in the next elections.

Papayas and bananas from a village that has lost all its livestock.

Papayas and bananas from a village that has lost all its livestock.

While I was there, I spoke with women who can turn 5000 francs ($10)  into 40,000 francs in a matter of months if given the chance.  I met school kids trying to learn guitar even though no one had yet taught them how to tune their instrument.

I met people working really hard to realize their dreams for a peaceful and prosperous life.  And it’s my hope that with their spirit and initiative they will be able to do just that, and very soon.


Sara Rasnake works for the U.S. State Department. She is from Kentucky (USA) and lives as an expat in Paris, France.  The views expressed here are personal.


4 responses to “C is for Central African Republic

  1. Dee Connell

    April 4, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    It’s really incredible the disparity in the world, how some people have too much and others have too little. My heart goes out to those who are still trying to enjoy the little things in life like playing the guitar despit the havoc around them. Thanks for a beautiful post.

  2. Rebecca J. Clark

    April 4, 2015 at 12:09 am

    It’s very sad when the people want peace and stability and the government just can’t make that happen. 😦 Thanks for the eye opener. It’s too easy to forget the troubles down there when we have it good here in the US.

  3. Tara Tyler R

    April 3, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    i am enjoying this journey into Africa. Thanks for the in depth posts and pictures!
    happy c day!

  4. Rosie Amber

    April 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    The Violence in the world is so sad to see when it leaves people poor, hungry and homeless, let’s hope these people are given a long enough chance to rebuild their lives.


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