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LRA
June 2010

LRA

LRA In the north the barbarism of the 'Lord's Resistance Army' (LRA), originating from Uganda, has brought havoc to vast and impoverished areas of Congo.      The Congolese army and UN forces struggle to deal effectively with the situation, while the outside world shows scant interest in the faraway and faceless people of that remote…

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Light in the DRC’s darkness
June 2010

Light in the DRC’s darkness

Light in the DRC's darkness In the early 1900s many considered Africa to be the 'dark continent'. What was then called Belgian Congo was thought to be at the heart of this darkness. So missionary pioneers like C. T. Studd and Peter Cameron Scott sought to create a chain of mission stations, to reach the…

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June 2010

Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo Over many years, Western media have paid little attention to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but few can be totally unaware of the conflict that has troubled that country with such catastrophic effect since 1996.      The numbers who have died are counted in millions; the economy,…

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June 2010

FACTFILE – The Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of CongoFactfile  Area: 905,354 sq miles.  Climate: Equatorial. Population: 68 million.  Infant mortality: 81 per 1000. Life expectancy: 54 years. Capital: Kinshasa (8 million).  Peoples: Over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu. The four largest tribes — Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and Mangbtu-Azande (Hamitic) — comprise 45 per cent of the…

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June 2010

Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo Over many years, Western media have paid little attention to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but few can be totally unaware of the conflict that has troubled that country with such catastrophic effect since 1996.      The numbers who have died are counted in millions; the economy,…

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