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( Democratic Republic of the Congo French: ), also referred to as République Démocratique du Congo DRC, , RDC DR Congo or formerly as Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo-Léopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa, and formerly (or Zaire Zaïre in French), is a state in Central Africa and the second largest country on the continent. It borders the Central African Republic and South Sudan on the north, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania on the east, Zambia and Angola on the south, and the Republic of the Congo on the west. The country enjoys access to the sea through a narrow forty kilometre stretch, following the Congo river into the Gulf of Guinea. The name "Congo" (meaning "hunter") is coined after the Kongo ethnic group, living in the lower Congo river area.
As many as 250 ethnic groups have been distinguished and named. The most numerous people are the
Kongo, Luba, and Mongo. Although 700 local languages and dialects are spoken, the linguistic variety is bridged both by the use of French and the intermediary languages Kikongo, Tshiluba, Swahili, and Lingala.
and largest city of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
. With a population of about 7.5 million (2005 census), it ties with
for the status of the second largest city in sub-Saharan
, and third largest in the whole continent, after Lagos and
Kinshasa is a city of sharp contrasts, with posh residential and commercial areas, two universities, and sprawling slums coexisting side by side. It is located along the southern bank of the
Congo River, directly opposite the city of Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo. Kinshasa is located at . 4°16′S 15°17′E / 4.267°S 15.283°E
Notable features of the city include the
SOZACOM Building and Hotel Memling skyscrapers, the central market, the Kinshasa Museum and the Kinshasa Fine Arts Academy. The Boulevard du 30 Juin links the areas of the city together. ( ) continued...
Reverend (1865–1927) was one of the earliest William Henry Sheppard African Americans to become a missionary for the Presbyterian Church. He spent 20 years in Africa, primarily in and around the Congo Free State, and is best known for his efforts to publicize the atrocities committed against the Kuba and other Congolese peoples by King Leopold II's Force Publique.
Sheppard's efforts contributed to the contemporary debate on European colonialism and imperialism in the region, particularly amongst those of the African American community. However, it has been noted that he traditionally received little attention in literature on the subject.
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Sâlóngo, alingá mosálá “There is work, let's do it.” – ancestral saying, used as slogan by Mobutu Sese Seko
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