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DR Congo is at the heart of the equatorial region of Sub-Saharan Africa and includes 47% of the continent's forest.

The Congo River and its tributaries form an economic lifeline due to the lack of decent roads.

The vast country has huge deposits of diamonds, copper and coltan - important in the production of high-tech goods - and its forests are home to rare species.

Five national parks are listed by Unesco as World Heritage in Danger because of threats from conflict and mining.

The parks' wildlife includes mountain gorillas, savannah giraffe and rare white rhino.

Map of DR Congo


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