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Butembo is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 00°07′40″N 29°17′15″E / 0.12778°N 29.28750°E / 0.12778; 29.28750
Country Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province North Kivu
 • Total 190.34 km2 (73.49 sq mi)
Elevation 1,381 m (4,531 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 670,285
 • Density 3,500/km2 (9,100/sq mi)
Climate Af

Butembo is a city in North Kivu, in the north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, lying west of the Virunga National Park. Until the Congo Civil War, it was an important commercial centre with a large market, a cathedral, a small hospital, and an airport, lying in an area 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.[1]


The city is home to the 2nd Integrated Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2]

The Université Catholique du Graben (UCG) is located in Butembo.[3] It was founded in 1989.

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.

Butembo is sometimes called the "Rape Capital of the World",[4] with high rape incidences being due to the continuous presence of numerous rebel groups in and around the city.

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie et densié de la population en 2013". Bulletin Annuel des Statistiques Sociales, Province du Nord-Kivu (2013): 19. November 2014. 
  2. ^ MONUC via Reliefweb, RD Congo : Rapport mensuel des droits de l'homme - juillet 2007
  3. ^ Université Catholique du Graben (website)
  4. ^ Cafe Corsari, talk show on Flemish public television (Eén), March 25, 2014

Coordinates: 0°09′N 29°17′E / 0.150°N 29.283°E / 0.150; 29.283