The Central African Republic (CAR) has been in a civil war for more than five years.
The original conflict between southern Christians and Muslims from the North has been superseded by ethnic divisions as the main driver of violence.
The government and the United Nations struggle to reach certain areas of the country in order to offer services needed as a result of the ongoing conflict.
The only solution they have is to utilise the services of the Boy Scouts.
The Boy Scouts turn out to be the last functional national institution in the country.— Simon Allison, Africa Editor for Mail and Guardian
They have Boy Scout troops in all 16 provinces in smaller towns and big towns. These are the places where the government doesn't have any representation because CAR is in the middle of a civil war.— Simon Allison, Africa Editor for Mail and Guardian
The peacekeepers operate in their armoured vehicles and there are so many places they can go. They can't get into rural areas. Whereas the Boy Scouts can.— Simon Allison, Africa Editor for Mail and Guardian
They are able to communicate across the country and to implement things like vaccinations across the whole country.— Simon Allison, Africa Editor for Mail and Guardian
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This article first appeared on 702 : The Boy Scouts come to the rescue in Central African Republic