“History will one day have its say, but it will not be the history that Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations will teach, but that which they will teach in the countries emancipated from colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity.”
Patrice Emery Lumumba

The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have a rich heritage, culture, and history dating over twenty-five thousand years. Its people have experienced a remarkable journey filled with the extremes of the human condition.

Congo is strategically located in the heart of Africa, straddles the equator, and has a diverse population of an estimated 89 million people in a country the size of Western Europe. It is bordered by nine other African countries – the only country on the African continent to have that many countries bordering it and is home to the rainforest that sequesters the most carbon in the world.

Click here to learn more about the rich heritage of the Congo from pre-colonial times to the present.