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Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Location  Africa
Capital  Kinshasa
Area  2,344,858 sq km
Population  85,281,024
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  • Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi sworn in as President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 24 January 2019 - country's first peaceful handover of power since independence in 1960.

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  • Footballer Junior Kabananga of Democratic Republic of the Congo won the Top Scorer prize at the 2017 African Cup of Nations football championship for his 3 goals in the tournament.[1]

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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo won the Fair Play of the tournament award at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.[2]

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  • Congolese football club Tout Puissant Mazembe won the CAF Super Cup beating Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia 2-1 in the Final in Lubumbashi on 20 February 2016.[3]

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  • A United Nations-mediated peace deal aimed at ending two decades of conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between the national army and local rebels was signed on 24 February 2013 by leaders of Africa's Great Lakes region in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The agreement is expected to lead to the creation of a special UN intervention brigade in eastern DRC to combat rebel groups and renew political efforts.[4]

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  • Rebecca Kabugho, an activist in the LUCHA (Struggle for Change) citizen movement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was honoured with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017.[5]

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  • Two new species of weakly electric fishes discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a study published on 10 April 2014.[6]

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  • The UN Economic and Social Council on 19 April 2017 elected Congo as a member of its Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year terms.[7]

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  • Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo from Democratic Republic of Congo received the 2017 Goldman Prize for African region for going undercover to document and release information about bribery and corruption in the quest to drill for oil in Virunga National Park, resulting in public outrage that forced the company to withdraw from the project.[8]

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  • The World Bank pledged $1 billion on 22 May 2013 to fund development in central Africa's Great Lakes region, including projects in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in return for peace.[9]

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  • The football team of Democratic Republic of the Congo was ranked third in Africa in the FIFA ranking published on 7 June 2018 by securing the 38th position on the overall list just before the grand opening of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo and 25 other nations from Africa on 10 June 2015 signed a historic free trade pact, Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), that will ease the movement of goods across member countries in next five years. Once fully implemented, the 26-nation TFTA will be the continent's largest free-trade zone.

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  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda agreed in principle to allow an international border force to patrol their mutual border, according to an anti-rebel pact signed on 15 July 2012 between the leaders of the two countries. The proposed force would tackle militia groups in the eastern DR Congo and is seen as an important step towards establishing peace in the region.[10]

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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, as confirmed by the WHO on 24 July 2018.[11]

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  • A team of scientists has found a new species of monkey in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that had been known to the locals simply as Lesula. This is only the second time in the past 28 years that a previously unknown species of monkey has been identified. The findings were published in the scientific journal Plos One on 12 September 2012.[12]

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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 20 September 1960.[13]

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  • Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was named as one of the winners of the 2013 Right Livelihood Awards for his courageous work healing women survivors of war-time sexual violence and speaking up about its root causes.[14]

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 was awarded jointly to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Iraqi Yazidi activist Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.[15]

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  • Surgeon Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was awarded the 2013 Civil Courage Prize, awarded by the New York-based Train Foundation, for his work treating tens of thousands of women who were gang raped in war-torn Congo.[16]

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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October 2017 for a 3-year term starting on 1 January 2018.[17]

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  • Doctor Denis Mukwege of Democratic Republic of the Congo received the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on 26 November 2014 for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country.[18]

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  • Hundreds of rebel fighters pulled out of Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern border city of Goma on 1 December 2012, raising hopes for negotiations to end the insurgency.[19]

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  • Kinshasa of Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared as the member of the 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Music category.[20]

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  • African soccer club Tout Puissant Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of the Congo won 2-0 in the semi-final of the 2010 Club World Cup and became the first African team to reach the tournament's final. Later, they were runner-up while Inter Milan of Italy won the final 3-0.

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References


  1. http://www.cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=auMqtAj3SdstqcMlrNnjPQ%3d%3d
  2. http://www.cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=PEhc3UzJyA5sc0oWvJWcag%3d%3d
  3. http://www.cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=hpqWtkBne47Abh%2f65BxG4g%3d%3d
  4. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/24/us-congo-democratic-un-idUSBRE91N03H20130224
  5. https://www.state.gov/s/gwi/iwoc/2017/bio/index.htm
  6. http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/6743/abstract/petrocephalus-boboto-and-petrocephalus
  7. https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/ecosoc6824.doc.htm
  8. http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/rodrigue-katembo/
  9. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/05/22/world-bank-announces-us-1-billion-pledge-to-africa-great-lakes-region-targeting-energy-roads-agriculture-cross-border-trade-health-jobs
  10. http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE86F01320120716
  11. http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/24-07-2018-ebola-outbreak-in-drc-ends-who-calls-for-international-efforts-to-stop-other-deadly-outbreaks-in-the-country
  12. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0044271
  13. http://www.un.org/en/members/
  14. http://www.rightlivelihood.org/fileadmin/Files/PDF/Press_releases/2013/EN_pr_26September2013_01.pdf
  15. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2018/summary/
  16. http://www.civilcourageprize.org/press-release-2013.htm
  17. http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22248
  18. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20141016STO74202/html/Denis-Mukwege-winner-of-Sakharov-Prize-2014
  19. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-congo-democratic-idUSBRE8B005Y20121201
  20. http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/events/47-cities-join-unesco-creative-cities-network