Talk:Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Coat of Arms[edit]

The coat of arms of the "Democratic Republic of the Congo" are a direct life-threatening depiction [via morphasm, weapons, beasts ready to slay etc.]

Also many other nations use "vulgar violence" depictions on their flags or heraldic crests, like Wales, or the creast of Russia depicting the time of death.

A state might have to use legal force to protect it's citizens, but choosing death as a permanant national ideal entangled with national or state symbols, it is a crime against our inner consciousness.

Legal violence is NOT an ideal to be depicted, but our last option.

Many other nations and countries commit that crime. We can accept that the army might use some violent hints [humanists do not accept even that], but a nation is not a killing machine, and death is not the first standard to be depicted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:43, 24 September 2014 (UTC)


This should not be a separate section. Coltan is a mineral, and any discussion of it belongs under the Mining section. In addition, the Coltan section also discusses tin, which should also be under the Mining section. By having a separate section, the article tends to give the impression that Coltan is a major source of mining revenue. It is not, except that it is the major part of the income of the warring parties in the Eastern Congo. Mining is carried out by extremely primitive methods, and production is measured in hundreds of tons of ore per year, or around 100 tpy of contained tantalum. However, there are no refining facilities. By contrast, the copper/cobalt mines of the southern province of Katanga are highly mechanised, and capable of producing several millions of tpy of ore, and refining it into metal.Nigelrg (talk) 06:37, 2 July 2013 (UTC)Nigelrg (talk) 23:19, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Heart of Darkness Reference[edit]

Why is a Citation needed for the Heart of Darkness being set in the Congo? The book's listing here on Wikipedia mention that it was written based on his experiences working for a Belgian trading company on the congo river. Congo free state was set up by leopold from belgium and the congo river is in the DRC. Seems like a specific citation for that bit is just unnecessary. If someone could explain I would appreciate it. Synapse001 20:47, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Wouldn't hurt though, would it? (and only take a minute) Francis Hannaway (talk) 15:49, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

2nd Congo War[edit]

In the intorduction it gives the 5.4 million figure for deaths in the 2nd Congo war. It is well known this is a huge over-estimation and has been admitted to be so by the people who came up with it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:48, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Not democratic[edit]

How come it is called Democratic Republic of the Congo? It is one of the least democratic countries in the world, I guess it has to be some kind of misunderstanding? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:03, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Why is North Korea 'The Democratic People's Republic of Korea'? Why was East Berlin the 'Democratic German Republic'? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:22, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Dumping ground - this page needs help![edit]

I haven't been here as often as I might. What I notice now is that this article is just becoming a dumping ground for any snippet anyone's ever heard of to do with colonial Congo, the Mobutu era, and present-day Congo. But there's no overall shape to the piece. I think that quite a few of the sections have quite good main pages - and so there's no need to describe the detail here, in such detail. So, in that respect, the quality is affected by the page being too long. I seem to remember meeting someone from "the Guild of Copy Editors" - are these the people who will sort out this page? Anyway - my thoughts are to reduce each section to make the page more readable. What do you think? Francis Hannaway (talk) 08:14, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

@Francish7: I think they are indeed the people you can contact who do that sort of thing, if it's still needed. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors or WP:GOCE. 220 of Borg 09:15, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
You could also put the maintenance template {{Copy edit}} at the top of the article page. This will add it to a 'list' of pages needing copy editing 220 of Borg 09:24, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

City populations[edit]

The city populations listed in the table under demographics differ greatly in population from the numbers reported on the pages for those cites and the city pages disagree about the order of the cities as far as population as well. Which is correct? (20 June 2014). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:53, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Possible copyright problem[edit]

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Orphaned references in Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Democratic Republic of the Congo's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "WP":

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 21:52, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Civil Wars[edit]

The civil war in America was easy to recognise as such, either side of the Mason-Dixie line - if I understand it correctly - the nation split into two groups. That was a civil war. However, in the Congo, the situation was quite different; there were wars - but the general population were neither involved in them, nor took sides in them. They were wars fought by militias and the army, on Congolese soil ... but I don't think they could be called "civil wars". Any thoughts? Francis Hannaway (talk) 08:41, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Last I remember the American Civil War does not define what a civil war is, rather the other way around. Please see Civil war. ---Moyogo/ (talk) 22:10, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Ah, so you agree with me! That's good. Francis Hannaway (talk) 19:26, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

URL to the website of the government of RDC?[edit]

Anybody with a link to the official website of the RDC Government? Thy --SvenAERTS (talk) 23:31, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Etymology - dates[edit]

The current text says, "The country was known officially as the "Republic of Zaïre" from 1965 to 1971, when it was changed to the "Democratic Republic of the Congo", This is incorrect - but my attempts to correct it have been reverted. The country became the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1965, then Zaire in 1971 (until 1997 when it reverted to DRC). The article says this further on - but the error persists in the Etymology section. (talk) 21:11, 7 March 2016 (UTC)

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