Democratic Republic of the


Quick Facts About the DR Congo

Population86.8 million people
Size2.34 million square km
Major LanguagesFrench, Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba
Major ReligionsChristianity, Islam
Life Expectancy58 years men, 61 years women
Main ExportsDiamonds, Cobalt, Copper, Gold and Oil
Country Overview

Located in Central Africa, the DR Congo is the second largest country on the continent and rich in natural resources. It boasts vast deposits of industrial diamonds, cobalt, and copper; one of the largest forest reserves in Africa; and about half of the hydroelectric potential of the continent.

Despite its wealth of natural resources, decades of civil war, conflict and poverty have posed many challenges for the DR Congo. Over the last 15 years, it is estimated that 6 million people have died as a result of war, preventable diseases, and malnutrition.

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DRC: Clinique Papillon Expansion

Clinique Papillon is a medical clinic that serves the poorest families in Lubumbashi. The clinic now has the opportunity to purchase the buildings next door and expand their services to reach even mor…

DRC: Clinique Papillon

Clinique Papillon is a women's medical clinic that specializes in childbirth services and rape recovery support. They also deliver lifesaving surgery, medicine, and other emergency procedures to patie…

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