Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the largest and most populous countries in Africa. Its massive expanse of jungle (the second largest in the world) led Joseph Conrad to use it as the setting for his famous novel, Heart of Darkness. The Second Congo War began in 1998 and killed 5.4 million people, the deadliest war since WWII. Murder and rape remain endemic, particularly in the east.

The UK Foreign office advises against all travel to the north and east of the country. Between 1971 and 1997 it was named Zaire. Despite, and some would say because of, vast natural resources, war has seen poverty increase greatly.

Country

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Why you should go:

You are a mercenary.

Why you shouldn't:

Rape. Murder.

Map of Democratic Republic of Congo