Fun Facts about DR Congo: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), commonly known as DRC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply Congo, is a nation in Central Africa. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) shocks visitors at every turn, from its vast swathes of rainforest to its diverse cultures and odd gastronomic tastes, making it the ultimate African adventure. Here are some of the country’s most fascinating facts!
The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo are frequently referred to as “the Congo basin.” The Congo River flows through a low-lying area in the region’s center and north.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo borders nine countries: Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have among of the worst rates of malnutrition in the world. Hunger and malnutrition are at an all-time high in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, affecting nearly 4.6 million children.
Despite having an abundance of gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin – all minerals needed in electronics such as mobile phones and laptop computers – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to have an exceedingly destitute population.
Despite being an impoverished and conflict-torn country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has a space program. The Troposphere rockets, which are privately funded by the Développement Tous Azimuts (DTA) and have major government support, are projected to launch goods into space in the near future.
It is known as the “Capital of African Music.” Kinshasa is home to 9.5 million Kinois, who are noted for their sense of humour and love of music and dance. Since the mid-1980s, its popular ‘Ndombolo’ song, which has a rumba-like feel, has inspired music throughout the rest of the continent.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has eight active volcanoes. The Nyiragongo Volcano is one of eight active volcanoes in the nation and one of the most active volcanic zones on the planet. It’s a five-hour trip up Nyiragongo Mountain over rough terrain, but the world’s biggest lava lake awaits those who make the journey.
Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s oldest national park. It is home to mountain gorillas, lions, and elephants, all of which are endangered. The park is presently under danger from Soco, a UK oil firm that has begun oil prospecting there.
Great apes such as bonobos and eastern lowland gorillas can only be found in Congo. Both species are threatened by pollution, deforestation, and the bushmeat trade. These species, who are the closest primate relatives to humans, might become extinct within a decade.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo hosts the world’s biggest peacekeeping force, with over 21,000 soldiers from over 50 different nations.
Witchcraft belief is so widespread that youngsters are sometimes accused of being witches. Some of these children are beaten, while others are killed. However, the vast majority become homeless once their family abandon them on the streets.
ATMs first appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2010, after two catastrophic civil wars and decades of economic stagnation.
The DRC’s population is made up of about 200 ethnic groupings, and almost 250 languages and dialects are spoken across the nation. Kinshasa, the capital, is the world’s second largest French-speaking metropolis.
Getting to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The major entrance point into the Congo is N’djili Airport, also known as Kinshasa International Airport. Goma International Airport, Bangoka International Airport, and Lubumbashi International Airport are the additional international airports. There are several connecting flights from India’s main cities to DR Congo.