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V. Central Africa

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Violence erupted at the beginning of the year as a result of both economic and political grievances, rocking a country usually described as the most peaceful in Central Africa. The United Nations (UN) Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT by its French acronym) expanded only slowly and during the year had little impact on the security situation. A liaison office was established in Bangui and a single UN police officer was deployed to Birao to liaise with local authorities and law enforcement entities. Price hikes for major commodities hit Central Africans at the beginning of the year and for months fuel remained difficult for ordinary citizens to obtain. Flour, milk and cement were in short supply, resulting in an inflation rate of 5.1%.

Keywords:Bangui; Central Africa; liaison office; price hikes

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