First, the situation in CAR is frequently described as a “forgotten conflict,” or even “the world’s most forgotten conflict.” (Similarly, the CAR is frequently described as on the verge of becoming “another Rwanda,” or “another Somalia,” or “another Mali” even though the dynamics in the country are markedly different from all of these places. Rarely does the CAR just get to be itself, because the CAR doesn’t matter much in the calculus of Western newsrooms.and second
And second, many articles describe the CAR as immensely well-endowed with natural resources. The connotation, implied or explicit, is that armed elements are fighting over those resources, or that if only extraction were managed like that of oil in Norway the country would become rich. Though it’s true that the CAR has resources, all of those resources are difficult to exploit except on an artisanal scale.