Republic of the Congo



In the Republic of the Congo, the aftermath of war has been almost as bad as war itself. Theoretically, the second civil war ended in 1999, but fighting keeps erupting around Brazzaville, the capital, and in various hot spots throughout the country. Once a moderately wealthy nation buoyed by oil and mineral resources, today's Congo is a victim of the ethnic struggles that resurfaced with the fall of the Marxist government. Rather than creating a democratic system, multiparty elections have spawned tribal-based parties, each backed by its own militia.

Given the sporadic violence that the Congo is experiencing, travelers should avoid visiting the country at this time. When the political situation settles, travelers can once again enjoy the country's central African tribal culture, dense rain forests, lush river scenery and stunning waterfalls.

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