Congo Watch: Why the Democratic Republic of the Congo matters

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Why the Democratic Republic of the Congo matters

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is of vital strategic importance, says a United Nations report.

Its size (2.5 million sq km), the fact that it is endowed with 50 per cent of Africa’s forests and is home to one of the world’s mightiest river systems - that could provide hydro-electric power to the entire continent - make the DRC the natural political center of gravity for Central Africa. No stability in Central Africa without a stable DRC, and conversely.

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Here below is a copy of the UN's report that, thanks to Carine, I found at DRC, a website with useful information, maps, links and books on the DRC, a country that touches nine neighbors, including the Sudan:

A successful transition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) offers more to Africa as a whole, than success in any other African conflict zone:
- Not only is the DRC five times larger than Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire combined, with twice their collective population, but it touches on nine different neighbors.

The DRC is one of the world’s largest living tragedies:

Note: Apologies, problems copying rest of text. Please click here to continue reading the report titled "Why the DRC matters (Summary by the UN)."

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