In his documentary, RT's Konstantin Rozhkov takes a trip to the Central African Republic, which has been in a state of war for decades, to see how Russian instructors are helping end the long-lasting conflict.
Ever since the Central African Republic gained its independence from France in 1960, the situation in the country has been very volatile. With the country's weak armed forces, numerous guerrilla groups have plunged CAR into one of the longest wars in history. During the years of instability, hundreds of people have been killed, with villages devastated and ordinary people left without a roof over their heads.
In 2018, when the CAR government controlled only a small portion of the country, and warlords and gangs ruled the rest, CAR's President sought Russia's help to fight against the enemy.
The Russian help was very timely as CAR's law enforcement and military forces were in disarray. The Russian military instructors shared their knowledge and provided small arms with compliance with UN regulations.
Under constant threat of being blown up, shot or taken captive, Konstantin Rozhkov travelled across the country to see the results of Russia's cooperation with the CAR government. He visited military bases and villages that had been freed from the militia. The progress made by CAR government forces with Russian help is noticeable. Still, the country has a long way to go to find peace. What problems still need solving?
00:00 - Intro
1:13 - The RT reporter arrives at the scene
1:32 - CAR has been experiencing civil interest for decades
2:16 - The locals are suspicious of military convoys
3:19 - Russian mission helped turn the tide in the CAR war
3:53 - What are Russians allowed to do in the CAR?
4:33 - Following the "Road of Life" to the Cameroon border
6:33 – The army and reinforcements in CAR are in a state of decline
8:00 - An encounter with a former warlord
9:28 - Slow convoys are perfect targets
10:29 - A sleepover at a military base
11:20 - Who is an international warrior
12:14 - In CAR, goldmines became a blessing and a curse
15:35 - A trip to a goldmine
16:53 - Filming an interview with Faustin-Archange Touadera, CAR's President
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