Democratic Republic of the Congo

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INFORMATION

Capital: Kinshasa

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Joseph Kabila

Economy:

  • Much economic activity still occurs in the informal sector and is not reflected in GDP data.
  • Renewed activity in the mining sector, the source of most export income, boosted Kinshasa’s fiscal position and GDP growth from 2006-08.
  • Main exports: diamonds, copper, coffee, cobalt, and crude oil.

Population: 81,680,000 (2015)

Land Size: 2.34 million sq km (905,354 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Over 200 African ethnic groups
  • Majority are Bantu (make up about 45% of the population);
    • Mongo
    • Luba
    • Kongo (all Bantu)
    • Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic)
Religions:

  • Roman Catholic: 50%
  • Protestant: 20%
  • Kimbanguist: 10%
  • Muslim: 10%
  • Other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs): 10%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Lingala (a lingua franca trade language)
  • Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili)
  • Kikongo
  • Tshiluba

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Hundreds of Kids Killed, Jailed in DRC Upheaval - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [CAJ News] Kinshasa -AT least 100 children have been killed and 400 others arrested in the ongoing anarchy in the Democratic republic of Congo. More than 1 000 cases of children, often younger than 15, are used as combatants or human shields after recruitment as soldiers in the conflict ravaging the Kasai Province. The living conditions of detained children are precarious, with reports of torture rife in the cells. According to the United Nations Children's Fund, between 40 percent and 60 percent of the militia members involve
  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Rhythm of Capoeira Helps Rape Survivors Find New Start - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Goma -"I don't remember anything from what happened later in that day. I was raped, I got pregnant and now here is my baby"
  • Thu - Sep 21, 2017: Trump to Send UN Envoy to Juba, Kinshasa - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [VOA] U.S. President Donald Trump has told African leaders he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Wed - Sep 20, 2017: Editor Languishes in Prison Without Trial - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [CAJ News] Kinshasa -MEDIA groups are demanding the release of a Congolese editor jailed since January for publishing a statement by a former rebel leader. Security services arrested Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba in the capital Brazzaville. Public Prosecutor, André Oko Ngakala, charged the editor of "complicity in undermining state security" in connection with the privately-owned Talassa newspaper's publication of a statement by an ex-rebel leader, Frédéric Bintsamou, also known as Pastor Ntumi. N
  • Wed - Sep 20, 2017: The Jig Is Up for Congo's Embattled President - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [HRW] Among the world leaders expected in New York this week for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly is one who should, technically, already be retired. Congolese President Joseph Kabila's constitutionally mandated two-term limit came to an end late last year. Yet he has used one contrivance after another to delay elections for his successor and cling to power, cracking down mercilessly on political opponents and pro-democracy activists and dispatching his security services to gun down more