Send in the Scouts

In the Central African Republic where ongoing conflict has left the country without a health system, a communications network or even a unified government presence, the Boy Scouts movement is thriving.

Some 20,000 scouts—who outnumber UN peacekeepers—comprise a strong network touching every corner of the country. Along with earning their badges, scouts safely escort villagers to hospitals, mediate hostage situations and consult with humanitarian aid workers on potential Ebola outbreaks.

“Everything we do is to transmit the message of peace. A good scout is someone who is on good terms with everyone,” says Muslim Scouts Association leader Abdelwadid Gakara.

Mail & Guardian

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