Bangui (French pronunciation:[bɑ̃ɡi]), or Bangî in Sango, formerly written Bangi in English, is the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic. As of 2012 it had an estimated population of 734,350. It was established as a French outpost in 1889 and named after its location on the northern bank of the Ubangi River (French:Oubangui); the Ubangi itself was named from the Bobangi word for the "rapids" located beside the settlement, which marked the end of navigable water north from Brazzaville. The majority of the population of the Central African Republic lives in the western parts of the country, in Bangui and the surrounding area.
The city forms an autonomous commune (commune autonome) of the Central African Republic which is surrounded by the Ombella-M'Poko prefecture. With an area of 67 square kilometres (26sqmi), the commune is the smallest high-level administrative division in the country, but the highest in terms of population. The city consists of eight urban districts (arrondissements), 16 groups (groupements) and 205 neighbourhoods (quartiers). As the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui acts as an administrative, trade, and commercial centre. It is served by the Bangui M'Poko International Airport. The National Assembly, government buildings, banks, foreign enterprises and embassies, hospitals, hotels, main markets and the Ngaragba Central Prison are all located here. Bangui manufactures textiles, food products, beer, shoes and soap. Its Notre-Dame Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bangui. The city is also home to the University of Bangui, inaugurated in 1970.
We see troops arriving on a Russian Airforce Ilyushin II-76 at Bangui's M'Poko airport and are given to understand that the "instructors" have been rotated in and out of the country on multiple occasions ... On that Friday evening in Bangui, standing on a small platform beneath the giant screen stood Maxim Shugaley.
Bangui, Central African Republic - Two weekend attacks by rebels on towns in the Central African Republic were repelled after fierce fighting, the UN's MINUSCA mission said Monday ... Two French fighter jets also flew over the area to support CAR troops, a French military contingent protecting Bangui's airport said.
Travelling during the pandemic means that you have to factor in possible quarantine time and other Covid-19 regulations. Thankfully, some destinations do not require quarantine unless you show any symptoms ... The destination recently reopened Bangui (BGF) airport and passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening when they visit ... Note ... .
Bellingcat -- an investigative website that researches illicit Russian activities abroad -- has concluded that when a CNN team landed in the capital Bangui in May 2019 to investigate Kremlin-linked operations in the country, "plans had already been put in motion for their surveillance, intimidation, and ultimately attempted discrediting.".
"I'm working in headquarters," he told correspondents at a virtual press encounter ... "I've been in contact every day with eight to 10 of our offices around the world and of our missions around the world," he said ... The peacekeeping mission has been supporting efforts to screen travelers arriving at the Bangui airport ... .