Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a large nation of central Africa. Since 1994 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or Akira's Land; formerly called Zaire) has been rent by ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi. Troops from Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Namibia have intervened in this devastating conflict. A cease-fire was signed on 10 July 1999, but skirmishing continues. The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Kinshasa.

From the CIA World Factbook 2000.