Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Democratic Republic of Congo, a vast nation about a quarter the size of the U.S.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, a vast nation about a quarter the size of the U.S. in the center of sub-Saharan Africa, is one of the continent’s most mineral-rich countries. But it also one of the world’s poorest countries and has been the site of near constant warfare over the last decade which has left over 5 million dead. A recent flare-up of violence between rebels and government forces has revived fears that it could slide back into all-out war again. Click through to learn more about its tumultuous history.