CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
L ocated north of DR Congo, CAR consists of a rolling plateau with hills in the north-east and south- west. French is the official language, but Sangho is accepted as the lingua franca. France established the colony of Ubangi-Shari in 1894, and with Chad, Congo, and Gabon it was French Equatorial Africa from 1910.
Words to Understand Equatorial: Relating to, or suggesting the region around the equator. Misrule: To rule incompetently or misgovern. Volatile: Liable to change suddenly and unpredictably, usually for the worse.
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