DRC Profile


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What is now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has changed names a few times over the last half century and, even today, is known to many as Congo Kinshasa to differentiate it from its neighnour, the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville.) Until 1960 it was a Belgian colony known as the Belgian Congo. On gaining independence, political instability ensued followed by a coup in 1965 which installed Joseph-Desire Mobutu as national leader. Mobutu then changed both his name to Mobutu Sese Seko and that of the country to Zaire, or Republic of Zaire with himself as president. He stayed in power until 1997 when his regime fell to the armies of Rwanda and Uganda with Laurent Kabila then installed as president. This event marked the beginning of what is called the Second Congo War, a war that involved nine African countries and some twenty armed groups.



The basis of the war was that Rwanda and Uganda wanted to control the perceived riches of the Democratic Republic of Congo having installed Kabila as president only to find he wanted their troops out of the country fearing they would in turn oust him and install a Tutsi subservient to Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. The war itself, which was to outlast Kabila after he was assassinated in 2001, continued for 4 years, 11 months, 2 weeks and 2 days and took the lives of around 5,400,000 people, mostly through disease; the most causalities of any war in Earth's history, save for the Second World War. It was a struggle that still simmers particularly in the east of the territory where troops from countries such as Uganda are active.


Democratic Republic of Congo Country Profile


Today the country is home to 89.56 million people (2020) and is Africa's second largest country by size and the 11th largest in the world. It is ranked in 175th place out of 189 countries and territories in 2019 in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and living standards of its people. The ongoing simmering conflicts there however continue to damage the country's economy, despite it's natural wealth in terms of resources, with foreign businesses and investors unwilling to work in partnership with the government because of its instability. This situation is slowly changing and foreign investment is beginning to rise. Find out more about the Democratic Republic of Congo in our DRC profile pages below.




DRC Profile: Volunteer Congo Kinshasa

African Volunteer Work: Congo Kinshasa


Check out all the latest fee paying and free African volunteer work placements and charity work job opportunities abroad with local projects and volunteering organisations in Congo Kinshasa.

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DRC Profile: DRC History

DRC History


Detailing the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from colonial days to its more recent past including a video domentary.

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DRC Profile: Life in DRC

Life in DRC


Life in the Democratic Republic of Congo explored in video with facts and figures about life expectancy and the quality of life in there for both adults and children.

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DRC Profile: Children in DRC

Children in DRC


About life for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo in facts, information and video together with details of projects and programs to support children in DRC.

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DRC Profile: Street Children in DRC

DRC Street Children


Facts, information and video about Democratic Republic of Congo street children together with details of projects and programs helping street children in DRC.

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DRC Profile: DRC Education

DRC Education


Facts, figures and video profile of education for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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DRC Profile: DRC Images

DRC Images


Pictures and images of the Democratic Republic of Congo, presented in video format.

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DRC Profile: Kinshasa Profile

Kinshasa Profile


A complete profile of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, including Kinshasa information, facts, pictures and its limited tourist attractions.

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DRC Profile: Kinshasa Airport

Kinshasa Airport


Make a virtual landing at Kinshasa Airport in the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo where you will probably enter the country for your volunteering experience.

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DRC Profile: Child Sponsor DRC

Child Sponsor Democratic Republic of Congo


Details of how to sponsor children in the Democratic Republic of Congo with DR child sponsor organisations, charities, programs and projects.

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DRC Profile: DRC Map

Democratic Republic of Congo Map


Use this Google Earth satellite map of the Democratic Republic of Congo to explore and take a virtual tour of the country and zoom in on places of interest.

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DRC Profile: DRC News

Democratic Republic of Congo News


Read all the latest and breaking news from the Democratic Republic of Congo here at our DRC news profile page. Updated daily.

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