There are two Congos - the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo. We have put together a reading list to help you understand more about the complex history of DRC.
Fast Facts about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where HandUp Congo works.
Nine countries border the Democratic Republic of Congo: Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, the Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Zambia and Burundi.
Population - Approximately 80 million inhabitants
Ethnic Groups - More than 200 ethnic groups
Major Languages - Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba, Swahili, French
2,345,410 sq km; approximately the size of Western Australia or one fourth the size of the USA.
Income - US $210 per year for an individual Congolese
Key Natural Resources
Diamonds, Gold, Coltan, Uranium, Copper, Tin, Silver, Cobalt, Niobium, Timber, Hydro Power, Manganese, Petroleum
Life Expectancy - 55 years
Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, Other 10%
Capitol - Kinshasa