In 1998 There was a soccer match in the Democratic Republic of Congo between Bena Tshadi and Basangana teams. The Score was 1-1 when suddenly lightning struck the pitch during the match and killed all eleven Bena Tshadi players while the the athletes from Basanga came out unscathed. theguardian.com/football/…
Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, is the world's largest Francophone urban area (larger than Paris). worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Brazzavile and Kinshasa are the closest pair of country capitals after Rome and Vatican City. Both the cities face each other and can be seen at a distance across the Congo river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The Democratic Republic of Congo is widely considered one of the world's richest countries in natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$24 trillion. Yet, owing to political instability, it remains one of the poorest countries (per capita). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
The largest Francophone metropolis in the world is not Paris, but actually Kinshasa (pop. 12.69 million), the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
William Henry Sheppard, one of the first Black American missionaries to Africa, helped to expose King Leopold’s atrocities in the Belgian Congo to the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about a Documentary called Kadoma. In which 2 American Pro Kayakers and their South African guide attempt the first descent of the Lukuga River in The Democratic Republic of Congo.While filming, the guide was snatched out of his Kayak by a 15fT crocodile and never seen again. mountainfilm.org/media/ka…
The Manhattan Project got its name because the US Army Engineering Detachment had offices in Manhattan, close to where mined uranium arrived in the US from the Congo. lanl.gov/museum/news/news…
For the 1958 World's Fair, Belgium set up a live display of people from Congo for the 1958 world fair and had displayed Central Africans in "human zoos" for more than fifty years prior. theguardian.com/world/201…
The Bubonic plague, the cause of the Black Death, is still around. Congo, Madagascar and Peru have several cases a year. Isolated cases occur in the United States and China as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Mobutu Sese Seko (Dictator of Congo / Zaire) built a luxurious palace in a jungle (Gbadolite). Once upon a time he used to fly from there with a chartered concorde to go shopping. Now the town next to it doesn't even have electricity and the palace is fast becoming jungle again. theguardian.com/cities/20…
The uranium used in the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings were mined from Katanga province, Congo. theconversation.com/the-l…
Democratic Republic of Congo completed its $22m National Museum in 2019. It is hoped the collection will be expanded with items taken abroad during the colonial era. In 2018, a landmark French report called for thousands of artefacts to be returned to Africa bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Today I learned about E.D. Morel, the shipping clerk who revealed Belgium's atrocities in the Congo. He noticed shipments of ammunition going to the Congo, and coming back with ivory and rubber. His superiors offered him a promotion in exchange for his silence. He refused, quit his job, and became a journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is, by natural resources, the richest country in the world. globaledge.msu.edu/countr…
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower personally ordered the first democratically elected leader of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, to be assassinated by poisoning his toothpaste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
The Second Congo War (1998-2003), relatively recent but almost unknown about in the West, has the worst death toll of any one conflict since the Second World War. 350,000 violent deaths, but the conflict is considered responsible for the deaths between 2,500,000 and 5,400,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Muhammed Ali's Rumble in the Jungle was financed by Mobutu's plundering of Congo, and took place in the Stade du 20 Mai (20th of May Stadium) that was often used for torture and executions, and allegedly cleaned of blood the day before the fight abcnews.go.com/Sports/rum…
Despite being an equatorial, tropical country, there are permanent glaciers in The Republic of the Congo. The Rwenzori mountains reach upwards of 16,000 feet in elevation, allowing temperatures cold enough to allow snow accumulation and glacier formation year round en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwe…
On a trip to Congo, an anthropologist played 11 excerpts of Western songs to 40 Pygmies. The emotional cues in songs, which Westerners pick up on, didn't mean the same to the Pygmies: They didn't hear the shrieking strings of the Psycho theme as stressful npr.org/sections/goatsand…
The city of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the world’s most expensive location for expatriates. Kinshasa rose by 26 places over the past five years to top the global rankings in 2016, ahead of all ranked Swiss cities occupying the global top 10 eca-international.com/new…
Today I learned about Mobutu Sese Seko, the military dictator of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) from 1965 to 1997. Mobutu was supported by the U.S government as an anti-Communist force in Africa, while his regime is regarded as one of the worst in terms of human rights violations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
Today I learned of Coltan mining. The Tantalum extracted from it is considered to be technology critical and found in a lot of modern electronics. Mining Coltan has financed conflict in the Congo for decades and is thought to have caused more than 5 million deaths as a result. The deadliest conflict since WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
A man named Ota Benga, a Mbuti pygmy, was displayed in museums, fairs and NYC Bronx Zoo's monkey house in the early 1900s. Because of WW1, he couldn't return to his home in the Congo upon his release and killed himself shortly afterwards. amp-theguardian-com.cdn.a…
When Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960 there were only 16 Congolese college graduates in the country of 14 million people. They were called "Evolues" meaning the developed or civilized ones. education.stateuniversity…
In addition to being the second largest country in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo is also the world's second largest French-speaking country with its capital, Kinshasa, being the largest French-speaking city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1900 a young clerk at a British shipping company observed a fortune in rubber returning from the Congo while only guns and manacles were being sent in return. He correctly deduced that these resources were being extracted from the population by force and campaigned to expose the abuses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Mandrills are the world's largest monkeys and they are found in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. The red and blue pigments, which are highly favored by females, derive from light diffraction in facial collagen fibers. Every night, each mandrill group sleeps in a different tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned about the hidden holocaust, better known as the "Congo Horrors" caused by King Leopold II of Belgium. The magnitude of the population fall over the period is disputed, but it is thought to be as high as 15 million people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atr…
Van Lierde claims that in 1959 he encountered a giant snake in the Katanga region of the Belgian Congo while returning from a mission by helicopter.He describes the snake as being close to 50 feet in length, snake's head was 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, and that the jaws were of a triangular. wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_V…
The Congo Free State was a money grabbing scheme orchestrated by King Leopold II in the 1890s that caused the death of 10 to 15 million Congolese. One policy in place required a hand for every bullet shot, resulting in whole villages being harvested for their hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Capitals of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo are on the opposite sides of the same river, facing each other. Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) is on the north coast and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) is on the south coast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
During a football match in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lightning struck and killed all eleven members of one team while their opponents went unscathed, fuelling intense rumors of witchcraft independent.co.uk/news/li…
The DR Congo government encourages families to include insects in their children's diet. A health centre offers daily courses on how to cook insects and mothers are encouraged to supplement the diets of their breastfed babies after six months with a porridge made from caterpillar flour newvision.co.ug/new_visio…
Despite the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s $24 trillion in mineral reserves, more than 80% of its residents live in extreme poverty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pov…
Today I learned about King Leopold II, the β€œbuilder king” of Belgium who fooled Europe into thinking he wanted to go into the Congo for a philanthropic reasons, but made it a colony of his own where he mutilated and killed millions of Congolese in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Despite it consistently ranking among the lowest in GDP per capita, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has an estimated $24 trillion in untapped minerals, having 70% of the world's coltan, a third of it's cobalt, over 30% of its diamond reserves, and a tenth of its copper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
There is a species of Tigerfish in the Congo River which eats crocodiles. dailytelegraph.com.au/cau…
There is a legendary creature said to live in the Congo River Basin called the Mokele-mbembe. It is believed by cryptozoologists to be a species of dinosaur that survived the K/T extinction and lived into modern times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mok…
The Congo Canyon has the strongest known turbidity currents in the world. These currents, which are essentially underwater avalanches, occur when sediment-rich waters flow rapidly down the canyon walls at speeds of up to 3.5 meters/second, and have been known to destroy telegraph cables. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Congo's Hotel Memling is still owned by Sabena, the former national airline of Belgium. Sabena opened the hotel to provide luxury accommodation for its passengers travelling to Kinshasa in 1937 memling.net/en/hotel-over…
King Leopold II had the world's only private colony before the Belgian government stepped in because of the atrocities he allowed/commited in Congo Free State. britannica.com/biography/…
Both sides of the First Congo War ate pygmies "as though they were game animals." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyg…
Every day an average of 1,200 people die in the country of Congo from war and disease, and more than half of them are children. news.un.org/en/story/2006…
Belgian Colonists cut the hands of children if villages did not meet Rubber Quotas in Congo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The Congo should be the wealthiest nation on Earth but due to colonialism and ethnic strife remains one of the poorest. bbc.com/news/magazine-243…
In Congo Free State, ruled by King Leopold II of Belgium, severed hands became a sort of currency, used when the rubber quotas weren't reached. The Force Publique soldiers were paid on the basis of how many hands they collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atr…
A dam in the Congo River would generate 40,000 MW of power (equivalent to 20 large nuclear power stations), it would supply 40% of Africa with electricity, and it would produce twice as much power as the Three Gorges dam in China theguardian.com/environme…
The Belgian colonization of the Congo occurred under a front organization known as the International African Association, that portrayed itself as an altruistic and charitable organization, and received donations from families such as the Rothschilds and Viscount Ferdinand de Lesseps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
France is not the most populous country with French as an official language; the Democratic Republic of the Congo has over 16 million more inhabitants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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