|Country||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|• Total||190.34 km2 (73.49 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,381 m (4,531 ft)|
|• Density||3,500/km2 (9,100/sq mi)|
Butembo is a city in North Kivu, in the north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, lying west of the Virunga National Park. The city is an important commercial centre with large markets, a cathedral, multiple large hospitals, and an airport. The city is located in a region known for tea and coffee growing. As of 2013 it had an estimated population of 670,285, making it the second largest city in North Kivu.
The city is home to the 2nd Integrated Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Adventist University of Lukanga (UNILUK) founded in 1979 is located in Butembo.
In 2006 Hotel de Butembo was finished. An expensive hotel when compared to the living standards, but a very safe place to stay for foreigners. As of 2007, Butembo (and surroundings) can be seen in detail in Google Maps.
Sources and references
- Butembo in Google Maps
- YouTube Video of Nella Star (2007) Video by Godfried van Loo following Dutch sociologist/anthropologist Nella Star when going back to Butembo after over 30 years. With a lot of footage from the city Butembo and surroundings. Dutch/French spoken and subtitled.
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