7 Things You Know About The Democratic Republic Of Congo

7th July 2020 BY Ivor Moyo

If you want to boost your knowlegde about the Democratic Republic of Congo, we’ve prepared 7 facts about DRC that you may find interesting.

Location

–          Democratic Republic of Congo or simply known as Congo is a country located in Central Africa. It is the 11th largest country in the world and has population of 84 million people

–          Kinshasa, the capital, is the second largest French-speaking city in the world

2)      Historical context i.e Independence

–           Gained independence from Belgium in 1960 on the 30th of June

3)      The People…

–          The people of the DRC represent over 200 ethnic groups, with nearly 250 languages and dialects spoken throughout the country.

–          Former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1997, he founded a humanitarian foundation to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the DRC

4)      Local Food 

–          Moambe is DRC’s national dish consisting of chicken or fish with cassava leaves, hot pepper sauce, bananas, rice, peanuts, fish, chicken, and palm nuts

5)      Natural resources

–          One of the most mineral rich countries in the world, it has gold, diamonds, copper uranium, cobalt and coltan, which used in the production of  mobile phones.

o   Roughly 80% of the world’s supply of Coltan is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo

–           Its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$24 trillion

6)      Nature i.e environment related such as national parks and rivers etc

–          The Congo River is the second longest river in Africa, shorter only than the Nile, as well as the world’s deepest recorded river

–          Established in 1925, Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park and is often considered the crown jewel of parks on the continent. It lies in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

7)      Interesting projects such as pure crazy investments:

–          Despite not being one of the richest countries in the world, DRC actually has a space program!

If you have got any interestings facts about the DR Congo that’d like to share ? Make sure you let us know in the comment section below.

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