Masina, Kinshasa

Masina is a municipality (commune) in the Tshangu district of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2]

Commune de Masina
Chine Populaire
Masina on map of Kinshasa city-province
Kinshasa city-province on map of DR Congo
Kinshasa city-province on map of DR Congo
Coordinates: 4°21′47″S 15°23′42″E / 4.36306°S 15.39500°E / -4.36306; 15.39500Coordinates: 4°21′47″S 15°23′42″E / 4.36306°S 15.39500°E / -4.36306; 15.39500[1]
Country DR Congo
 • Total69.7 km2 (26.9 sq mi)
 (2004 est.)
 • Total485,167
 • Density7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)

It is bordered by the Pool Malebo in the north and Boulevard Lumbumba to the south.

Masina shelters within it the Marché de la Liberté "M’Zee Laurent-Désiré Kabila”, one of the largest markets of Kinshasa, which was built under the presidency of Laurent-Désiré Kabila to repay the inhabitants of the district of Tshangu who had resisted the rebels in August 1998.[3]

The area is known by the nickname "Chine Populaire" ("People's China").


Masina, together with the communes of Ndjili and Kimbanseke, belong to the district of Tshangu 20 km east of central Kinshasa.[4]

Most of the municipality is occupied by a wetland bordering the Pool Malebo, which explains the low population density relative of the municipality. The urban area, stretching along Boulevard Lumumba, however, reaches population densities comparable to those of other municipalities in the heart of Kinshasa (about 50,000 inhabitants per km2).

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  1. ^ "Masina, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo". Google Maps. Retrieved 20 August 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Géographie de Kinshasa (Geography of Kinshasa)" (in French). Ville de Kinshasa (City of Kinshasa). Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 20 August 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Paul Kabeya Kapo, Jennifer Makengo, Kinshasa : le marché de la Liberté, un bijou qui n’attire pas Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Afriqu'Échos Magazine, 24 septembre 2004.
  4. ^ Relief Web copy of RDC public works map

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