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The size of the country, 2,345,408 square kilometers (905,567 sq mi), is comparable to that of Western Europe. The country is bounded by Angola, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania across Lake Tanganyika, and Zambia. 6 million people in 2007, comprising some 250 ethnic groups. Whatever the initial or root causes of the so-called First and Second Congo Wars (1996–97, and 1998– ) the sheer size of the country has worsened matters. Rebel groups can operate with relative ease in distant regions, while neighboring countries can also invade the country with relative ease, as during the Second Congo War when several neighboring countries invaded and occupied parts of the country.

One example is the work by Coghlan et al (2006), in which the researchers try to estimate the number of deaths from the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo during 1998-2004. 9 million, making the war the deadliest war since the end of World War II (Coghlan et al 2006). 4 million. Legacy effects Wars affect people’s lives long after the fighting has stopped. Wars do not only kill, they also cause disability due to injury or increased disease burden. One of the diseases that affects Africa disproportionately is HIV/AIDS.

Several studies have shown that changes in a country’s regime type or level of democracy increase the subsequent risk of war. Relevant changes are the introduction or abolishing of elections of a parliament and/or the executive, an increase or a decrease in the degree to which the executive is accountable to parliament or other bodies, or an increase or decrease in the share of population allowed to vote. The cancellation of the second round of elections in Algeria in 1992 triggered the civil war.

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