DEMOCRACTIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to many of the most valuable natural resources on the planet. It could be one of the richest countries in the world, but decades of corruption and fighting has left the country with serious problems.
The first democratic elections in 40 years were held in 2006 and were intended to help the country move on from its violent past. However, the army and troops from the UN Peacekeeping force are still fighting bloody and fierce battles in the shattered east of the country.
Roads and railways have been destroyed during the fighting, meaning it is difficult for people to access even the most basic services they need. The difficult in travelling also means it is difficult to trade with other countries.
Tell me something about DRC….
- The country has a population of 71.7million
- DRC is located in Central Africa and is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world
- The DRC is faced with the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS estimate that around 560,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in the DRC
- The signing of the Lusaka peace accords brought about greater democracy with peaceful elections in 2006 and 2011
- The Kivu region is still a cause for concern with much tension and conflict ongoing