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Zongo is a city in Sud-Ubangi Province in the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, lying on the south bank of the Ubangi River, across from Bangui in the Central African Republic. It is linked by ferry to Bangui but has declined in importance as a transport hub since much traffic moved east in the late 1980s.

Zongo
Coordinates: 4°20′36″N 18°35′34″E / 4.34333°N 18.59278°E / 4.34333; 18.59278Coordinates: 4°20′36″N 18°35′34″E / 4.34333°N 18.59278°E / 4.34333; 18.59278
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
ProvinceSud-Ubangi
Founded23 July, 1971
Area
 • Total495 km2 (191 sq mi)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total53,743
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

By the end of the First Congo War, the city was controlled by the Movement for the Liberation of Congo. In 2001 the city saw an influx of refugees from the Central African Republic, the government of which alleged former soldiers among them were behind an attempted coup in Bangui in 2002.

During the 2012-13 Central African Republic conflict, refugees from the Central African Republic capital of Bangui, including many family members of President François Bozizé, fled here after the capital fell to Séléka rebels on 24 March 2013.[1]

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  1. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/24/us-centralafrica-rebels-idUSBRE92M0AU20130324 Reuters, "Central African Republic capital falls to rebels, President flees"