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14 May 2009 description
report Africare

The Democratic Republic of Congo is situated in Central Africa and has a population of approximately 69 million, about 47% of which (32 million) are under the age of 14. Problems with the economy, poor governance and armed conflict has led to a deterioration of living conditions in the DRC. The civil war which began in 1994 and subsequent armed conflict still on-going in the eastern region of the country has destabilized the entire country, crippling its economy. More than half of the population in the capital city of Kinshasa live beneath the poverty line.