188th blog … pinga in congo

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly known as Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville), Republic of Zaire and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The country was known officially as the “Democratic Republic of the Congo” from 1965 to 1971, when it was changed to the “Republic of Zaïre.”

In 1992, the Sovereign National Conference voted to change the name of the country to the “Democratic Republic of the Congo,” but the change was not put into practice.

The country’s name was restored by former president Laurent Kabila following the fall of long time dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Heavy fighting over the last few days in Pinga, a town in the conflict-afflicted North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has made it difficult for Médecins Sans Frontières to carry out its vital medical work.

Thousands of inhabitants have fled into the…

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