People & Culture: Congo

  1. Population was estimated at 2.8 million in 2000. About 60% of the people live in urbanized areas. Another 12% live along the main railway. The remainder of the population resides in isolated rural areas.-Ms
  2. French is the official language it is used in governmental activities. Lingala and Munukutuba are commonly spoken trade languages of this country.-MS
  3. Mythology of the region is tied closely to the mystical powers of animals. Families take a specific animal spirit to represent them and often raise totem poles to signify this
  4. Women are responsible for labor that deals with the house; this includes planting, harvesting, food preparation, water fetching, minor housework, and the children. Men in rural areas hunt; those in urban areas are the family make the money. -MS
  5. Children are being used in combat in at least 18 countries or territories including Congo. The children, some 12 yrs old or younger, are exposed to death, injury, and psychological trauma every day. -MS
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Flag of Republic of Congo
Flag of Republic of Congo

A child soldier in Rwanda
A child soldier in Rwanda

Economics and Industry

  1. Dictatorship. -MS
  2. Recent discoveries or oil fields are currently under deployment. congo's oil production is expected to continue to grow in the next few years. -PC
  3. 980s was when rapid rising in oil revenues enabled the the governmental finance large-scale development projects with GDP growth averaging 5% annually, one of the highest rates in Afriaca. -PC
  4. Congo has the fourth largest producer of industrial diamonds during the 1980s , which is continuing to dominate the exports now.-PC
  5. Although only 3% of the nations land area is arable. The substantial part of the labor force is engaged in subsistence farms. The principal food crops are cassava, yams, corn, rice, peanuts, plantains, and pulses.-PC
  6. Rubber, coffee, cotton, tea, sugarcane, and palm products are produced commercially, primarily for export.-PC

news of the Congo
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Physical Geography & Landmarks

  1. Most of the inland is tropical rainforest, drained by tributaries that connect to the Congo River.-MS
  2. The equator passes through Congo, which has 100 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The nation borders the Angola enclave of Cabinda, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Gabon.-MS
  3. Congo River (Zaire River) is the largest river in Western Central Africa. Its overall length of 2,922 miles makes it the second longest in Africa.-Ms
  4. Congo is bound by Gabon to the west, Cameroon to the northwest, Central African Republic to the north, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) to the south and east as well as Angola and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest.-MS
  5. Rivers form the backbone of the country's transportation network. Unnavigable parts of the Congo are bridged by rail lines, but the rail and road network in the Congo is in disrepair was a result of the civil war.-MS
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