CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF
Capital | Kinshasa
Population | 70,916,439
Area | 2,345, 410 SQ KM
Official Language | French
Holidays | Independence Day, 30 June (1960 – from Belgium)
Currency | Congolese francs (CDF)
Time Zone | UTC +1
Best Time to Visit | December to February (north of the equator) April to October (south of the equator)
Connecting with the Culture | Playing with the bonobos (pigmy chimps) and enjoying the lakes at Chutes de Lukia. Traveling by barge from Kinshasa to Kisangani along the Congo River, the real highway of Central Africa. Experiencing hectic and colorful Kinshasa.
Read | about Mobutu’s looting as a form of government in Michaela Wrong’s In The Footsteps of Mr Kurtz.
Listen | to the soukous of Africa’s Elvis Presley, Papa Wemba
Eat | barbecued goat and manioc from street vendors, and liboke (fish stewed in manioc leaves)
Drink | beer from a roadside stall
In a Word | Mbote (hello)
Characteristics | Virgin jungles; bustling rivers; primates; political and military strife
Surprises | Bonobos (pygmy chimps) are the closest relatives to humans.
NEWS ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO:
ICC finds Congo warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty
(video via Amnesty International)
(3.11.12) - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday convicted Congolese militia boss Thomas Lubanga of war crimes for conscripting children into his rebel army, the tribunal's first ever verdict. (READ MORE from AFRICASIA)