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Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Fr. République Démocratique du Congo) [formerly Belgian Congo, Zaïre]locked

  • Alan P. Merriam,
  • Kishilo W’itunga
  •  and Kazadi Wa Mukuna


Country in Central Africa. It is the third largest country in Africa, with an area of 2,344,885 km² and a population of 51·75 million (2000 estimate). Recognized as The Congo Free State in 1884, it was annexed to Belgium in 1908 as the Belgian Congo. It became independent in ...

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