Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Congolese Fact 1 (Sept. 28–Oct. 4, 2008)

The equator passes through the Democratic Republic of the Congo at Mbandaka, a city on the Congo River.

Congolese Fact 2 (Oct. 5–Oct. 11, 2008)

The DRC has 10,730 km (6,667 mi) of borders, and borders nine other countries.

Congolese Fact 3 (Oct. 12–Oct. 18, 2008)

The DRC has 37 km (23 mi) of coast on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Congo river, separating Angola into two pieces.

Congolese Fact 4 (Oct. 19–Oct. 25, 2008)

The list of diseases you are likely to contract while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reads like a Who’s Who list of Nasty Diseases You Don’t Want to Get.  In addition to relatively minor and curable diseases like bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, the plague, African sleeping sicknesss, and schistosomiasis (snail parasites—charming), one can also contract such lovely diseases as rabies and the most deadly form of ebola—which could kill you in as little as two days.

Congolese Fact 5 (Oct. 26–Nov. 1, 2008)

The DRC has 10 provinces, which according to the 2005 constitution will be split into 26 provinces by the end of the year.  The capital, Kinshasa, is not part of any of the provinces, like Washington, D.C. in the U.S.