Kindu

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Kindu
A street in Kindu
A street in Kindu
Kindu is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kindu
Kindu
Location in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 2°57′S 25°57′E / 2.950°S 25.950°E / -2.950; 25.950Coordinates: 2°57′S 25°57′E / 2.950°S 25.950°E / -2.950; 25.950
Country Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Maniema
Area
 • Total 150 km2 (60 sq mi)
Elevation 504 m (1,654 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 172,321
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
National language Swahili

Kindu is a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the capital of Maniema province. It has a population of about 200,000 and is situated on the Congo River at an altitude of about 500 metres, and is about 400 km west of Bukavu.

Kindu is linked by rail to Kalemie, Kamina and Kananga. It also has an airport with a 2,200 metre runway. Roads in Maniema are unsurfaced and in a generally poor condition.

History[edit]

The town was an important centre for the ivory, gold and the slave trade during the nineteenth century. Arab-Swahili slave traders were based here from about 1860 and sent caravans overland to Zanzibar.[citation needed]

In November 1961 , during the Congo Crisis, the Kindu atrocity took place in Kindu. During the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko Kindu was also the former capital of Nord-Kivu subregion of Kivu region.

Government and Politics[edit]

The Provincial Assembly in Kindu.

Kindu is the provincial capital and is home to the provincial assembly and ministries.

Transportation[edit]

Kindu Port

Kindu is served by Kindu Airport. Most of the goods coming to town come from Goma, Bukavu and Kinshasa by air.

It is also served by the Congo Railway which connects it to Lubumbashi among other destinations.[citation needed]

There is also a port in Kindu which is located on the western bank of the Congo River.

Economy[edit]

Local people offering goats for sale.

The main economic activity in Maniema Province is mining. diamonds, copper, gold and cobalt are mined outside of Kindu.[1] There is also a market in Kindu as well as shops throughout the town.

Geography[edit]

Kindu is located 2°57′S, 25°55′E at an elevation of approximately 1500 ft (450 m) above sea level.

Demographics[edit]

The city's population is estimated at between 140,000[2] and 200,000[3] residents. As with the rest of Congo, the vast majority adhere to a Christian denomination or sect. Just under half of the population is Catholic.[4] Slightly under 10% of the population are Anglican[3] and there is also a small Muslim community in the city.

Education[edit]

The town has primary and secondary education facilities.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kindu
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(88)
31
(87)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
30
(86)
30.6
(86.6)
Average low °C (°F) 21
(70)
21
(69)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20
(68)
19
(67)
20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(69)
21
(69)
21
(70)
20.6
(69)
Precipitation cm (inches) 18
(7)
15
(6)
19.3
(7.6)
15.7
(6.2)
10.7
(4.2)
3
(1.2)
3.3
(1.3)
7.1
(2.8)
10.9
(4.3)
15.7
(6.2)
19.8
(7.8)
20.8
(8.2)
159.3
(62.8)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

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