Fact # 6: Democratic Republic of the Congo is the world’s poorest country.

All the information is according to the data gathered by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and CIA World Factbook.  The wealth of a country is measured by GDP per capita. GDP per capita is an estimate of how much an individual spends as a consumer compared to the total population spending on products and services. 9 out of 10 poorest countries in the world are situated in Africa.

Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the poorest country in the world as of 2011. It’s GDP per capita is $348 (in international dollar) as of 2011. The country is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world, located in central Africa. It is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world with a population of over 71 million. The country was known as Zaire until 1997. It is also the largest country in the world that has French as an official language.

Beginning in 1998, the Second Congo War has devastated the country which involves at least 7 foreign armies is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War II. It has already killed 5.4 million people. The war is called African World War in Africa. It is estimated that in 2010 at least 45,000 people in Congo are killed monthly.


In Congo, people were hunted down and eaten like animals by neighboring tribes. Eating people is a way to survive the hunger which is affecting about 67% of the population. It is also believed to be the worst place in the world for women. It has the most rapes per women in a year. Although citizens of the DRC are among the poorest in the world, it is widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$ 24 trillion.

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