Being young in times of duress in the Central African Republic

In this blog we, a team of researchers from Bangui (Central African Republic) and Leiden (The Netherlands) aim to give voice to young people’s experiences in present-day Central African Republic (CAR) and reflect publicly on the research we conduct to understand the position of young people in the Central African Republics tumultuous history.

For a country that is often portrayed as being destroyed by revengeful violent youth and/or as being inhabited by child victims of rebel leaders we hope this blog gives an alternative, more diversified, more in-depth view and allows alternative voices to be heard; those of reflexive young people, and those of older people that reflect on their youth in the CAR. We also hope to stimulate debate.

This is a bi-lingual, polyvocal and multi-authored blog.

It originates from the collaboration between Leiden University’s African Studies Centre (The Netherlands) and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Bangui (Central African Republic) in a project initiated by UNICEF Netherlands with funding from the Nationale Postcode Lotterij (NPL). The researchers carry out independent research but aim to feed UNICEF Netherlands, UNICEF Bangui, and many other stakeholders with valuable information.


Picture: La Maison de Jeunes, Bambari, picture taken by Marie Louise Tchissikombre.


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