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: 83,301,151 (2017)

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

  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Ebola - I Was So Afraid to Die and Be Put in a Body Bag, Just Like My Parents Were - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [UNFPA] Beni -When Jémima Masika, 26, lost her parents to the deadly Ebola virus in August last year, she thought the disease was a myth. Then her worst nightmare came true: she contracted the disease while taking care of her sick aunt in hospital.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: 400,000 African Pangolins Are Hunted for Meat Every Year - Why It's Time to Act - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [The Conversation Africa] Pangolins, a group of unique African and Asian scaly mammals, are considered to be one of the most heavily trafficked wild mammals in the world. They are hunted and traded for their meat, scales, and other body parts, and used as traditional medicines in parts of Africa and Asia.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Singer Koffi Olomide May Face Jail Term for Rape Accusations - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -The controversial rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide is likely to face seven years in jail over sex assault allegation in France.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Post-Election Killings Test New President - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [HRW] Kinshasa -The Democratic Republic of Congo's new administration should demonstrate its human rights commitment by impartially investigating and prosecuting the killing of at least 10 people by security forces during post-election demonstrations on January 10, 2019. Many of those killed and injured were protesting Félix Tshisekedi's disputed election victory in presidential elections held on December 30, 2018.
  • Thu - Feb 14, 2019: Hundred Children Die Measles Outbreak - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [East African] More than a hundred children in Democratic Republic of Congo have died of measles since the start of the year, an outbreak that has added to deadly epidemics of cholera and Ebola, the UN said on Wednesday.