The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in Africa. It borders nine countries: Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
As of July 2000 the population of the Congo was estimated at 51,964,999, making it the third-most populous country in Africa. The birth rate was 46.44 per 1,000 persons and the death rate was 15.38 per 1,000 persons according to 2000 estimates. Congolese women on average bore 6.92 children in 2000. As of the year 2000, the Congo's estimated infant mortality rate was 101.71 deaths per 1,000 live births. Males have a life expectancy of 46.72 years while females have a life expectancy of 50.83 years. Some 48 percent of the population is under age 15, while only 3 percent of the population is older than 65 years.
The Congo is made up of more than 200 tribes. The 4 largest tribes in the Congo are the Mongo, Luba, Kongo, and Mangbetu-Azonde. Approximately 700 local languages and dialects are spoken in the Congo
Since the 1960s, the Congolese have endured over two decades of armed conflict with over 5.4 million people dead due to war-related causes, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II.
In several areas of the DR. Congo, motorcycles are typically employed to transport corpses to and from morgues. Riders bind the dead in a sitting position behind them with robes. The majority of African traditions treat corpses with such reverence and respect. They honor them by giving them a respectable funeral so that their spirits won't haunt them.
The rite of passage is held specifically to commemorate the life of a deceased person. Instead of subscribing to quality medical treatment, many spend a lot of money on extravagant funerals.
Many young people have entered the profitable industry of body transportation since it pays well. Since most highways are unusable to cars, motorcycles are used. Despite having one of the highest resource wealth levels in Africa, the Congo's population lives in squalor.
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