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 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, sometimes referred to as DR Congo, Congo-Kinshasa or the DRC, is a country located in Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world. With a population of over 75 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world, the fourth most populous nation in Africa, as well as the most populous officially Francophone country.


It borders the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; The Republic of the Congo, the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west; and is separated from Tanzania by Lake Tanganyika in the east. The country has access to the ocean through a 40-kilometre (25 mi) stretch of Atlantic coastline at Muanda and the roughly 9 km wide mouth of the Congo River which opens into the gulf of Guinea. It has the second-highest total Christian population in Africa.




Since 1997 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC; formerly called Zaire) has been rent by ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow in 1994 of refugees from the fighting in Rwanda and Burundi. The government of former president Mobutu Sese Seko was toppled by a rebellion led by Laurent Kabila in May 1997; his regime was subsequently challenged by a Rwanda- and Uganda-backed rebellion in August 1998. Troops from Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Chad, and Sudan intervened to support the Kinshasa regime. A cease-fire was signed on 10 July 1999 by the DROC, Zimbabwe, Angola, Uganda, Namibia, Rwanda, and Congolese armed rebel groups, but sporadic fighting continued. KABILA was assassinated on 16 January 2001 and his son Joseph Kabila was named head of state ten days later. In October 2002, the new president was successful in getting occupying Rwandan forces to withdraw from eastern Congo; two months later, an agreement was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and set up a government of national unity.

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GOMA: Twenty-nine people have been killed in three days of clashes between rival factions of a militia group in a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Friday. The two factions are fighting for control of the village of ...
Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Twenty-nine people have been killed in three days of clashes between rival factions of a militia group in a village in Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, an official said Friday. The two factions are fighting for ...
... April 28 (Xinhua) -- The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned Friday that more than 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of "increasing and expanding violence" in the Democratic Republic of ...
A UN peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been suspended over allegations that he fathered a child with an underage girl.
According to Norbert Mabiala, director of studies and development of the National Society of Petrol in Congo (SNPC), this pipeline will respond to the need for the growing domestic consumption.
Since its creation in 2006, the DRC Humanitarian Fund (DRC HF) has mobilized nearly $9681 million and allocated more than $950 million through 1,316 projects.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is undergoing a political crisis after the government's failure to organise presidential elections, and President Joseph Kabila's determination to retain power beyond his two constitutional terms.
Democratic Republic of Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to a tenth of the world's languages. ADVERTISING.
UN launches $64.5-million flash appeal to provide emergency aid to hundreds of thousands of victims in Kasai, Lomami and Sankuru provinces.
Administrator of Masisi territory asks authorities to provide adequate security to civilians - Anadolu Agency.
Tongohala's native tongue is one of 450 spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a sprawling nation of 71 million people whose lingos - almost all of them spoken, not written - account for nine percent of the world's 5,000 languages.
Democratic Republic of Congo. Members of DR Congo's ruling coalition and those of the opposition have come together to officially mark the signing of a political accord that was originally agreed on last year.
The last moments of Darlis Nkolomoni's life in Chicago were filled with the sort of fear his family fled Africa to escape. Nkolomoni grew up in the city after his mother, Chantal Mulumba, brought him here as a baby, leaving Congo in 1999 amid political ...
A Romanian peacekeeper in DR Congo is among five being investigated for sexual abuse and exploitation.
A man who was brutalized and imprisoned at 14 to become a child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo, found a special mission in his life: wildlife protection.
The financial markets have an unlikely new hero. In recent months, the best way to make a serious amount of money in a short amount of time has been to buy ...
Four victims of kidnapping have been released after 17 days of detention in the DR Congo. Their kidnappers claimed they were rebels.
Last week, a team with the UN High Commissioner for human rights together with personnel from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) discovered scores of mass graves in Kasai ...
KANYABAYONGA, Democratic Republic of Congo - Afisa Kanyere Kamate, seated in front of her tiny 16-square-meter (172-square-foot) house made entirely of tar-coated wooden planks, is focused on one worry: ensuring that her six younger ...
Mass graves, child soldiers and police decapitations are all features of a little known Congolese conflict, as the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports.
As an enforced child soldier, Rodrigue Katembo saw his little brother die and had to carry the news to his mother. Now 41, he remains on the frontline - but today he protects the extraordinary wildlife in the national parks of the Democratic Republic ...
UN peacekeeping mission - President Joseph Kabila met with Al-Sisi in Cairo.
This is the second case of the Congo virus reported in Balochistan during the ongoing month.
Analysis - Once again, the cycle of instability and political uncertainty has the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on high alert and agreements between ...
Attacks on clergy and parish buildings have raised questions as to whether the Catholic Church has come too close to politics in the conflict-torn Democratic ...
More than 1.5 million children, including some 600,000 who are displaced, have been affected by the violence in the Kasai region, the United Nations children's Fund said on 20 April.
Deadly violence between government forces and tribal militias in DR Congo's central Kasai region has forced more than a million people from their homes over the past eight months, the UN said Friday.
DR Congo - Deadly violence between government forces and tribal militias in DR Congo's central Kasai region has forced more than a million people from their homes over the past eight months, the UN said on Friday.
Kinshasa, Congo - Investigators have confirmed another 17 mass graves in central Congo, bringing the number to 40 discovered since clashes between soldiers and a local militia intensified in August, the United Nations human rights office said, adding ...
DR Congo - Deadly violence between government forces and tribal militias in DR Congo's central Kasai region has forced more than a million people from their homes over the past eight months, the UN said on Friday.
Over ten armed bandits operating on the border between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) have been arrested, the Burundian police spokesman said Friday.
The Bonobo conservation Initiative (BCI), Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation education Center (GRACE), Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), and Coopera are all organizations working with women in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help ...
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been exposed to successive conflicts between government troops and armed groups since independence in 1960.
Mbanza Congo - At least 4.948 foreign citizens, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, were repatriated from the national territory in 2016 by the Migration and Foreigners Service (SME) in the northern Zaire province, less 2.283 in relation to ...
Over 62,000 new internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been reported in the Kasai region for the past week, in the wake of clashes between the militia and the FARDC or as a consequence of intercommunity tensions.
Sadai was born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and immigrated to France to live in Paris.
The Norwegian refugee Council in DR Congo has introduced a new distribution system, where people displaced by conflict are provided with electronic e-Voucher cards to enable them to chose for themselves which foods or household items they want.
Two political accords and three prime ministers later, and four months after Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to leave office at the end of his second mandate, credible elections and political stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC ...
Nairobi, Kenya (CWR) Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are becoming targets weeks after the collapse of a church-led mediation process.
19 April 2017 - Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that the scale and nature ...
United Nations investigators have unearthed scores of mass graves in a conflict-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that top U.N. officials describe as a scene of "horror." The U.N. says the Congolese military dug the mass grave ...
The Democratic Republic of Congo's independent electoral body Tuesday said long-delayed presidential polls will be held before year's-end and also urged implementation of last December's power-sharing agreement.
Displaced people approach the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, as seen from Gisenyi, November 20, 2012, as the Congolese Revolutionary army fights with the DRC government army on the periphery of Goma, the ...
The head of police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) capital Kinshasa, General Celestin Kanyama has been sacked. ADVERTISING.
The United Nations said late Tuesday that 16 staff members taken hostage by unarmed South Sudanese refugees at a UN camp in a restive eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed. The UN peacekeeping ...
The official explained that the Municipalities of Soyo and Nzeto are already getting electricity from the national network, while connection works for the province's capital city, Mbanza Congo, are in progress. The governor said the provincial ...
In a press release published on 6 March 2017, the EU informs the Democratic Republic of Congo that it remains ready to impose new targeted sanctions as a result of the serious human rights violations that have recently occurred in Congo, the refusal of ...
education is key in helping the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo improve farm efforts, according to an Oklahoma State University student who spoke in Enid on Monday.
The two Heads of State expressed concern on the persistent crises in African countries such as South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Central Africa Republic. They pledged to work together to promote dialogue to guarantee peace and ...
The 22 year-old originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo was 11 years old when she discovered she had been born HIV positive and so for her, the title means a lot.


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