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“Democratic Republic of the Congo”

Situated smack in the middle of the African continent and stretching over large spans of land, the Democratic Republic of Congo is a country that has been battling with a complex and bloody political situation, being the centre of what has been titled the 'African World War'. 

DRC, as it is commonly abbreviated, sits on incredibly rich land with vast mineral wealth, yet a large number of its over 81 million citizens live in poverty. The country has been ruled by President Joseph Kabila, who took over the position from his father Laurent Kabila in 2001 after he was assassinated. Press freedom is ranked 154 out of 180 countries around the world, making it one of the worst countries for freedom of speech and reporting.