Democratic Republic of the Congo
The African country with the most neighbors — nine — the Democratic Republic of the Congo is also the world's most populous Francophone country. One of the first countries in Africa to gain independence, it was among the earliest Cold War battlegrounds on the continent. Today, it's once again battling civil strife and protests. At the heart of Africa, its health impacts the entire continent.
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