Kongolo, Tanganyika

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Kongolo is a town in Tanganyika Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the west bank of the Lualaba River, the largest headstream of the Congo River. It has 62,455 inhabitants.[1]


There are plenty of other towns in Congo with the same name.


Kongolo is served by a railway station on the national system, which bridges the Lualaba river at this point via the Kongolo Bridge. The city lies across the river from Regional Road 631 (R631), linking Kayuyu, Lubao, Kabalo, Kongolo and Nyunzu; and is also on the (much smaller) Regional Road 632 (R632).[2]

Kongolo Massacre[edit]

On 1 January 1962, one Dutch and nineteen Belgian missionaries, including the Crauwels brothers, Michel Vanduffel [nl], and Theo Schildermans [nl] were killed by radical elements of the Congolese army. In June 2019, bishop Oscar Ngoy wa Mpanga of the diocese of Kongolo announced the initiation of the beatification process of the one Dutch and nineteen Belgian missionaries killed during the Kongolo Massacre.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Gazetteer: Congo (Dem. Rep.): largest cities and towns and statistics of their population[dead link] Mars 2011
  2. ^ "ARRÊTÉ DÉPARTEMENTAL 79/BCE/TPAT/60/004/79 portant fixation des listes des routes constituant le réseau des routes nationales et régionales dans la République du Zaïre" (PDF) (PDF) (in French). 28 February 1979. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  3. ^ "RD.Congo. Beatification of twenty martyr missionaries on track". 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2022-05-18.

Coordinates: 05°24′S 27°00′E / 5.400°S 27.000°E / -5.400; 27.000