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The leaves are also used like spinach or collard greens. Cassava is easy to grow. It is high in calories, but low in protein. The most popular local beverage is palm wine. You can get palm 47 045-059_MWN-DR-CON_04 48 9/6/07 4:28 PM Page 48 Democratic Republic of the Congo wine ranging in taste from effervescent sweet champagne to sour wine similar to vinegar. Palm wine is made by fermenting sap, which is tapped from the male flowers of the oil palm tree (a weaker, less tasty, wine is also made from the raffia palm).
The huge potential of the Congo River is underutilized. With a length of 2,720 miles (4,375 kilometers), it is Africa’s second-longest river (the Nile is the world’s longest). At its widest point, the river spans a width of about 10 miles (16 kilometers). The Congo contains some 4,000 islands, some as long as 10 miles (16 kilometers). Upstream from Livingstone Falls, over which the river cascades about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from its mouth, the Congo is navigable for long distances. And the mighty stream has tremendous potential for hydroelectric power generation.
The last 045-059_MWN-DR-CON_04 9/6/07 4:28 PM Page 57 People and Culture For many Congolese, religion has become a coping method to deal with the numerous difficulties they face. Approximately 70 percent of Congolese are Christians, including this family who is attending a church service in the town of Bunia, in the northeastern part of the country. 10 percent embrace traditional Congolese beliefs. These are the beliefs that come to mind when we think about African religion: witch doctors, divination, and possession by spirits.