CONGO AND THE AFRICAN GREAT LAKESINTRO
The African Great Lakes region consists of countries that surround the Rift Valley Lakes. It consists of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. It is one of the most densely populated areas of the world, with an estimated 107 million people living in the Great Lakes region. The first Europeans to arrive in the region in any number were missionaries who had limited success in converting the locals but did open the area to later colonization. In recent years after the independence, the land has been marred by civil war, political instability, armed conflicts, porous borders, and humanitarian crises, tensions over natural resources and immense violence, leaving the region in substantial poverty.