Geography Now! Congo (Democratic Republic)

Many know this country as Zaire, but the Democratic Republic of Congo's new name reflects its violent history. While it has an estimated 25 trillion dollars' worth of minerals and ores, the current political situation is the legacy of years of European exploitation. A video profile explores the tragic history of the country and its people.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask your learners to watch videos in his series about European holdings in Africa to discuss the legacy of the "Scramble for Africa"
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of the Geography Now! video series
  • Images, including a violent animation sequence, may be inappropriate for some classrooms

  • Video takes a simplified look at critical history often left out of American curricula
  • Images and graphics intrigue learners