Democratic Republic of the Congo

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INFORMATION

Capital: Kinshasa

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Felix Tshisekedi

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: 85,281,024 (2018)

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

Major Ethnic 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

  • Wed - Aug 21, 2019: Angola Supports Congolese Refugees - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [ANGOP] Dundo -Exactly two years ago (2017), the Republic of Angola reached out to 35,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), welcomed in Lunda Norte province, due to the extreme and widespread violence caused by political tensions in their country.
  • Wed - Aug 21, 2019: Glencore's Closure of Cobalt Mine 'Could Backfire' - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [Deutsche Welle] Plummeting cobalt prices have been blamed for the closure of the giant Mutanda mine, but other factors are at play. Owner Glencore is struggling to get the DRC's new president to overturn a 50% super-profits tax.
  • Tue - Aug 20, 2019: History Made As DRC Rebel Group Embraces Peace - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [CAJ News] Kinshasa -IN an unprecedented development, a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has allowed humanitarian organisations access to regions in which the militia operates.
  • Mon - Aug 19, 2019: Government Dissuades Congolese Refugees From Walking Out - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [ANGOP] Dundo -The Angolan authorities have provided all necessary aid to refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) located in Angola, although some unilaterally decided to walk out of the fields they had been accommodated, said on Sunday a source familiar with process.
  • Mon - Aug 19, 2019: Not Waiting for Handouts: Five Stories of Resilience From One of The World's Largest Refugee Camps - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [UN] Today there are more than 70 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes. As crises get more prolonged, the only home that entire generations know, are refugee camps. The average length of displacement is rising, estimated at 26 years, and as of 2018, 78 per cent of all refugees were in protracted refugee situations. The stories we hear about them often show us their unsurmountable challenges, but life in the camps is more than scrambling for food and waiting for a better fut