Meet… Eric from Congo

Eric Kazamdikwebwe
Eric Kazamdikwebwe

Name: Eric Kazamdikwebwe

Age: 11

Languages spoken: Tshiluba, Swahili and French

Parents: François Kalala and Antou Toumba

Siblings: Eric has three brothers and one sister

Religion: Christian

Favorite subjects in school: Computers and history

Favorite foods: Rice and chicken What would you like to be when you grow up? I would like to be a businessman like my father.

What would you like to say to kids in the United States? I am a kid living here in Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Don’t insult other people. Be nice and don’t misbehave.

Congo at a Glance

Population: 66 million

Capital: Kinshasa

Languages: 4 national languages; Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba and Swahili. French is the official language.

Religions: Roman Catholic (50%), Protestant (20%), Kimbanguist, Muslim and Indigenous religions

President: Joseph Kabila

War: The Second Congo War has been going on since 1998 and continues in some parts of the country. By 2008, 5.4 million people had died, mainly due to disease and starvation.

Learn a little Tshiluba

Wetuawu = Hello
Musesu an Avenue = Street
Njila = Table
Mesa = Food
Tshidibua = Ground


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