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The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in the middle of Africa. The Central African Republic is bordered by Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Republic of Congo, and Cameroon. It is capital is Bangui. It was formerly named Ubangi-Chari, after two rivers whose basins it surrounds. Today, most of the northern half of the country lies within the World Wildlife Fund's East Sudanian Savanna.  The country gained independence form French colonization on August 13, 1960, having changed its name on December 1, 1958 and becoming an autonomous French colony. Today it is one of the poorest countries in the world despite its focus on exporting cash crops such as cassava, peanuts, maize, sorghum, millet, sesame, and plantain. The Lord’s Resistance Army, among other rebel groups, is active in rural areas. The central government does not completely control all of the country. It is one of the counties receiving aid from the Peace-building Commission to reform the country. However, the country 'minimally met objectives' concerning human rights, according to The International Research & Exchange Board's findings.

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