30th June: Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Independence Day

30 06 2021

Today is the Independence Day of the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DR Congo, which is situated in Central Africa. DR Congo became an independent country on 30th June 1960, ending Belgium’s colonial regime.

In 1885, Belgium’s King Leopold II acquired the rights to the Congo basin. He later declared this land his private property, and named it the Congo Free State.

Under his ruling, the locals were exploited, a result of which many Congolese died from diseases and exploitation. In 1908, the Belgian parliament took over the land and named it Belgian Congo. After World War II, a nationalist movement was born. This later led to the independence of the Republic of Congo, later renamed Democratic Republic of Congo.


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