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The Sankuru

Sankuru is located in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  It is one of 26 provinces. Sankuru has 117,600 square kilometers in size (about the same as of Ohio) and has 2.8 million residents.  It is home to the Atetela who speak Tetela.


Living Conditions

  • Profoundly underdeveloped

  • No paved roads

  • Most villages are not reachable even with a Landcruiser, only by motorcycle

  • No paved airports

  • No electricity

  • No running water

  • Extreme poverty even as compared to other parts of Congo

  • Health, educational, and communication systems very poor

  • People use slash and burn agriculture which does not work well and destroys forests.

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