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Bangui is the capital of and the largest city in the Central African Republic.


Bangui lies on the northern banks of the Ubangi River just below a series of rapids that limit major commercial shipping farther upriver, on the southern border. The navigable Ubangi River turns sharply south below Bangui and connects to the Congo River just south of the Equator near Brazzaville as its chief northern tributary. The river marks the border between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Congolese town of Zongo sits opposite the river from Bangui. Bangui is located at 4°22' North, 18°35' East (4.36667, 18.58333). [1] The Ubangi River (also Oubangi) is a major tributary of the Congo River in central Africa. ... The Congo River (formerly known as Zaire River) is the largest river in Western Central Africa. ... Image of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, taken by NASA. Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo and is located on the Congo River. ... Zongo is a market town in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo, lying on the south bank of the Oubangui River, across from Bangui in the Central African Republic. ...


Most people in the Central African Republic live in the western sections near Bangui.


The city centre lies near the river and houses a large triumphal arch dedicated to Bokassa, the Presidential Palace and the central market. Km 5, lying 5 km further north, the heart of the residential area, hosts the largest market and most nightlife. Further north still lie rolling hills. Arc de Triomphe, Paris The Gateway of India, Mumbai, India A triumphal arch is a structure in the shape of a monumental archway, usually built to celebrate a victory in war. ... Jean-Bédel Bokassa (February 22, 1921 – November 3, 1996) was the military ruler of the Central African Republic from January 1, 1966 until his overthrow as Emperor on September 20, 1979. ... A physical marketplace in Portugal enables buyers and sellers of produce to do business with each other. ... Nightlife is the collective term for any entertainment that is available and more popular from the late evening into the early hours of the morning. ... For the landform that extends above the surrounding terrain and that is smaller than a mountain, see the article on mountain. ...


History

The city was founded as part of French Equatorial Africa in 1889 and is named for local rapids. The Central African Republic gained independence from France on August 13, 1960. French Equatorial Africa (Afrique Équatoriale Française, AEF) was the federation of French colonial possessions in Middle Africa, extending northwards from the Congo River to the Sahara Desert. ... 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... A rapid is a section of a river where it loses elevation over a relatively short distance (that is, the stream gradient is locally steepened), causing an increase in water flow and (usually) turbulence. ... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


The University of Bangui, founded in 1970 enrolls about 2900 students and monopolizes non-agricultural college education in the Central African Republic. The University of Bangui is a public university located in Bangui, Central African Republic. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...


Widespread violence followed the March 1981 elections. Opponents of unpopular vote-rigging dictator David Dacko laid siege to Bangui and compelled his flight to exile. Andre Kolingba then formed the Comité Militaire pour le Redressement National. David Dacko (24 March 1930 – 20 November 2003) was the first post-independence President of the Central African Republic. ... Andr Kolingba (born August 12, 1935) was president of the Central African Republic from 1981 to 1993. ...


In October 1985, a conference of public health officials including representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organisation met in Bangui and defined AIDS in Africa as, "prolonged fevers for a month or more, weight loss of over 10% and prolonged diarrhoea". About half the AIDS cases in Africa based on the Bangui definition are HIV positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is recognized as the lead United States agency for protecting the public health and safety of people by providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships with state health departments and other organizations. ... For other meanings of the acronym WHO, see WHO (disambiguation) WHO flag Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization (WHO) is an agency of the United Nations, acting as a coordinating authority on international public health. ... AIDS education at a school in Uganda. ... Human immunodeficiency virus (commonly known as HIV, and formerly known as HTLV-III and lymphadenopathy-associated virus) is a retrovirus that primarily infects vital components of the human immune system such as CD4+ T cells, macrophages and dendritic cells. ...


A French Jaguar aircraft crashed in Bangui in March 1986, killing 35 and leading a resurgence in anti-French sentiment. Andre Kolingba, however, continued to allow the French to maintain military bases in the Central African Republic. Binomial name Panthera onca (Linnaeus, 1758) The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a large member of the cat family found primarily in the warm regions of the Americas. ... Andr Kolingba (born August 12, 1935) was president of the Central African Republic from 1981 to 1993. ...


Some 200 Central African Republic soldiers mutinied in Bangui in May 1996, demanding back pay and the abdication of dictator Patassé. French troops stationed in the country quelled the mutiny and reestablished dictatorial power. The renegades, however, heavily looted Bangui and killed more than 50 people.


After elected president Ange-Félix Patassé announced a national unity government in early 1997, mutinous troops refused to relinquish a military base in Bangui. New fighting erupted in June. Patassé with Bozizé in the background Ange-Félix Patassé (born January 25, 1937) was President of the Central African Republic from 1993 until 2003, when he was deposed by the rebel leader François Bozizé. Patassé was born in Paoua. ...


Culture and economy

Bangui serves as an administrative, trade, and commercial center. Bangui manufactures include textiles, food products, beer, shoes, and soap. The main exports are cotton, timber, coffee, and sisal. Because of the ongoing strife, unemployment hovered near 23% in the city as of 2001. This article is about the type of fabric. ... A selection of bottled beers A selection of cask beers Beer is the worlds most popular alcoholic beverage. ... shoe for right foot A shoe is a piece of footwear for humans, less than a boot and more than a slipper. ... SOAP is a protocol for exchanging XML-based messages over a computer network, normally using HTTP. SOAP forms the foundation layer of the Web services stack, providing a basic messaging framework that more abstract layers can build on. ... Cotton ready for harvest. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Lumber. ... Coffee in beverage form. ... SISAL (Streams and Iteration in a Single Assignment Language) is a general-purpose single assignment functional programming language with strict semantics, automatic parallelisation, and efficient array handling. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of the Volunteer The United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations Events January January 1 - A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattles Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous...


Bangui hosts a river port and an international airport (IATA airport code BGF); the former handles the overwhelming majority of the country's international trade. River ferries sail to Brazzaville and Zongo. Roads connect the city to Cameroon, Chad, and Sudan. An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter alphabetic code designating many airports around the world. ... The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on scheduled services. ... Image of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, taken by NASA. Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo and is located on the Congo River. ...


Several periodicals and three daily newspapers publish in Bangui. Other attractions in Bangui include Boganda Museum and Bokassa Palace.



Administrative Divisions of the Central African Republic Flag of the Central African Republic
Prefectures
Bamingui-Bangoran | Basse-Kotto | Haute-Kotto | Haut-Mbomou | Kémo | Lobaye | Mambéré-Kadéï | Mbomou | Nana-Mambéré | Ombella-M'Poko | Ouaka | Ouham | Ouham-Pendé | Vakaga
Economic Prefectures
Nana-Grébizi | Sangha-Mbaéré
Autonomous commune
Bangui

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