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Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Carter Center has remained in the DRC following its November 2006 election observation mission, to join with Congolese civil society in the protection of human rights.


Waging Peace

In spring 2007, The Carter Center began working on various programs to help consolidate progress toward democracy following the DRC's first democratic elections in 40 years. The challenge of building democratic institutions would be even more challenging than organizing the 2006 election, which was considered one of the world's most difficult logistical challenges.

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Map of the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Size:2,344,858 square kilometers (almost one-quarter the size of the United States)

Population: 79,375,136

Population below poverty line:63 percent

Life expectancy:57 years

Ethnic groups:over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) make up about 45% of the population

Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Kimbanguist, Muslim, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs)

Languages:French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba
(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2015)

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