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Central African Republic

Michelle Kisliuk and Justin Serge Mongosso

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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As the name indicates, the Central African Republic, or Centrafrique, is situated at the west-central heart of the continent. Centrafrique proclaimed independence from the French in 1960. The goal of Barthelemy Boganda, the country’s founder and first president-elect, was to raise the quality of life, which had deteriorated under colonial oppression. Boganda’s vision for his government was to help support the population in five fundamental ways: “to dress, to house, to feed, to educate, and to he

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