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