Bangui is the capital city of the Central African Republic.It is located in the southwestern part of the country and borders the Ubangi River.
It is the only major city in the country and the metropolitan region is home to around 900,000 inhabitants. The majority of the people in this region still live from farming.
The city suffered significant damage during the coup attempts in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Since 1992, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families, and advocating for their rights in Bangui.
The Central African Republic has the second highest number of child marriages in the world. There is no minimum legal age of marriage and 68% of girls are married before the age of 18, and 29% are married before the age of 15.
Marriage before the age of 18 is a major violation of human rights. It often compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation. It interrupts her schooling and limits her career opportunities.
Child marriage is therefore also a direct manifestation of gender inequality.
Recurring violence and the resulting decline of basic services have significantly worsened the living conditions of Central Africans.
Around 3.1 million people need humanitarian assistance - that is 63% of the population. Women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities are especially vulnerable.
One in four Central Africans has been uprooted from their home – either within the Central African Republic or in neighbouring countries. 73% of the population report insufficient food consumption. Furthermore the number of attacks on civilian infrastructure, such as schools and hospitals, is increasing.