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As of 2016 The Democratic Republic of the Congo is named after the Congo River, which flows through the entire country.The Congo River is the world's deepest river and the world's second largest river by discharge.Rhinos have been heavily poached to meet demand for their horns in parts of Asia.Some consumers believe rhino horn can cure illnesses if ingested in powder form, although there is no evidence that the horn, made of the same substance as human fingernails, has any medicinal value.Destabilization in eastern Zaire resulting from the Rwandan genocide and disenfranchisement among the eastern Banyamulenge population (a.k.a.Congolese Tutsi) led to a 1996 invasion led by Tutsi FPR-ruled Rwanda, which began the First Congo War. On , Laurent-Désiré Kabila, a leader of Tutsi forces from the province of South Kivu, became President, reverting the country's name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Learn more, including about available controls: Cookies Policy.
The Namibian posted an online cartoon showing a snarling rhino butting a man with a rifle who is already airborne from the blow. Neighboring South Africa is home to most of the continent's rhinos, including the more numerous white rhino species.Leopold formally acquired rights to the Congo territory at the Berlin Conference in 1885 and made the land his private property, naming it the Congo Free State.During the Free State, the colonial military unit, the Force Publique, forced the local population into producing rubber, and from 1885 to 1908, millions of Congolese died as a consequence of disease and exploitation. The DRC borders the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia to the south; Angola to the southwest; and the Republic of the Congo and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.With a population of over 78 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, the fourth most-populated nation in Africa, and the 17th most populated country in the world.
The territory of the DRC was first settled by humans around 90,000 years ago.