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The population of 56 million is split into many ethnic groups.

It is also divided by at least 210 languages - but mainly French, Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo and Tshiluba.

The human toll of the fighting - often called Africa's 'First World War' - has been catastrophic, with more than four million dead since 1998.

Around 1,200 people die each day as a direct or indirect result of the conflict - more than half of them children.

Many have suffered horrific abuse, including rape and sexual slavery by armed groups, which has contributed to the advance of HIV/Aids.


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