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Oshwe is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 3°25′08″S 19°26′00″E / 3.418837°S 19.433441°E / -3.418837; 19.433441Coordinates: 3°25′08″S 19°26′00″E / 3.418837°S 19.433441°E / -3.418837; 19.433441
Country  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Bandundu Province
District Mai-Ndombe District
Territory Oshwe Territory
Elevation[1] 1,150 ft (350 m)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 22,576
Time zone Kinshasa Time (UTC+1)

Oshwe is a community in Mai-Ndombe District of Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is the headquarters of Oshwe Territory. The town lies on the Lukenie River.[3] The estimated population as of 2012 was 22,576.[2] The town is served by Oshwe Airport (ICAO: FZBD) at an elevation of 1,150 feet (350 m).[1][4]

In September 2010 hundreds of people demonstrated against SODEFOR (Société de Développement Forestier), a subsidiary of Nordsudtimber of Liechtenstein. They were demanding a halt to industrial logging in the region, which degrades the rainforest on which the community depends without bringing benefits to the impoverished community.[5]

In 2012, the Oshwe radio station converted to more reliable solar power and increased its antenna height, allowing it to broadcast information to other villages within a 100 kilometres (62 mi) radius.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Oshwe Airport Information". International Air Charter. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Bandundu: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ Blaes, X. (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). UNOCHA and PNUD. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  4. ^ HERE Maps - Oshwe
  5. ^ "Greenpeace witnesses DRC's Oshwe Communities Protest Against Logging Company". Greenpeace. September 23, 2010. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Solar-Powered Community Radio!". Greenpeace. July 11, 2012. Retrieved 2015-11-03.