General Article The biggest country you've never heard of

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It’s more than twice the size of the UK and is home to over four million people.
Chances are, you’re down a pound. That might not sound like much, but more than half of its population live on less than that for a whole day.
The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has one of the lowest life expectancies (47 years) and highest child mortality rates (more than one in six kids die before their fifth birthday).
It hardly ever makes it onto the news and it has been largely ignored or forgotten by the international community. Away from our TV screens and newspapers, the young people of the Central African Republic have the grace to die quietly.
Its classrooms are empty, its hospitals destroyed, and its people are hungry. Many have fled their homes. The UN described the situation in Central African Republic as ‘the world’s most silent crisis’.
The Government is pretty ineffective beyond the capital Bangui, and armed violence is rife throughout the country. T...

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