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Bunia from the air, looking north toward the Nyakasanza district
Bunia from the air, looking north toward the Nyakasanza district
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Coordinates: 1°34′N 30°15′E / 1.567°N 30.250°E / 1.567; 30.250
CountryFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Democratic Republic of the Congo
 • MayorMarie Louise Uronya Fwanuti
 • Total57.6 km2 (22.2 sq mi)
1,277 m (4,190 ft)
 • Total366,126
 • Density6,400/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
National languageSwahili

Bunia is a city in the Ituri Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the headquarters of Ituri Interim Administration. It was part of the Orientale Province until that province's dissolution. As of 2012 it had an estimated population of 366,126.[1]

It lies at an elevation of 1275 m on a plateau about 30 km west of Lake Albert in the Albertine Rift, and about 25 km east of the Ituri Forest.

The city is at the center of the Ituri conflict between the Lendu and Hema. In the Second Congo War the city and district were the scene of much fighting and many civilian deaths from this conflict, and related clashes between militias and Uganda-based forces. Consequently, the city is the base of one of the largest United Nations peace-keeping forces in Africa, and its headquarters in northeastern DRC. The area's natural resources include gold mines over which militias and foreign forces have been fighting.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Congo (Dem. Rep.): largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2009.