Masisi

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Masisi
Hills of Masisi.jpg
Masisi is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Masisi
Masisi
Location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 01°24′00″S 28°49′05″E / 1.40000°S 28.81806°E / -1.40000; 28.81806
Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province North Kivu
Time zone DRC2 (UTC+2)
National language Swahili

Masisi is a town in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is the administrative center of the Masisi Territory.

Location[edit]

The location of Masisi lies approximately 69 kilometres (43 mi), by road, northwest of the provincial capital of Goma.[1] The coordinates of Masisi are:01°24′00″S, 28°49′05″E (Latitude:-1.4000; Longitude:28.8180).

Overview[edit]

The town lies at an average altitude of 1,600 metres (5,200 ft), in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains. Masisi is the location of a number of cheese factories. Most of the cheese produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo comes from Masisi Territory.[2]

During the last decade, Masisi and the surrounding countryside has witnessed strife and conflict as the many militias in this part of the country fought each other and against FARDC and MONUC, for territory and wealth. Many have either been killed or permanently disabled, with more carrying residual psychological trauma.[3]

Population[edit]

The population of Masisi is not publicly known at this time.

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Coordinates: 01°24′00″S 28°49′05″E / 1.40000°S 28.81806°E / -1.40000; 28.81806