Lobaye, prefecture of Central African Republic
|Country||Central African Republic|
|• Total||19,235 km2 (7,427 sq mi)|
|• Density||13/km2 (33/sq mi)|
The prefecture is located in the southern part of the country, bordering the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It shares borders with the prefectures of Mambéré-Kadéï to the northwest, Sangha-Mbaéré to the west, and Ombella-M'Poko to the northeast. It is named for the Lobaye River.
Besides Mbaïki, other important cities include Boda, in the north, and Mongoumba, by the Ubangi River. Most of the inhabitants are coffea farmers. Most of the farmers are extremely poor; most children do not go to college, and many die due to lack of medical care. David Dacko, the first and third president of the Central African Republic from 1960-1965 and 1979–1981, was from Lobaye.
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