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Democrtic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is located in west-central Africa. Its first inhabitants were Pygmies, who moved into the forests in large migrations when the Bantu came into the region from the north (2000 BCE–500 CE). It is a vast area of 905,568 square miles, with around 70 million inhabitants. In the contemporary era, the majority of the residents are Christian—50% are Roman Catholic and 20% are Protestant—while 10% are Muslim and another 10% are Kimbanguist, with the remaining 10% belonging to other syncretic and indigenous faiths. Until colonial times, the area that came to be known as the Congo Free State (1885) and as the Belgian Congo (1908–1960) was a land of indigenous religions and shamanism. Christianity, a part of the colonial ...

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