Only very few are aware of the fact that there are two countries in Africa with almost the same name: two Congos! It sounds crazy, but true: Two countries with nearly the same name, directly next to one another on the map. And barely anyone knows this?! There is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and then there is the Republic of the Congo – also called Congo-Brazzaville. But as similar as they sound, they are completely different.
Any report on the internet, in the newspapers, or on television about “the Congo” rarely means good news. But you have to look twice to get behind it: “the Congo” almost always means the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC. The civil wars, child soldiers, and bloody rebellion have discredited the country. In Congo-Brazaville on the other hand, the smaller neighbor in the West, you won’t find the slightest idea of civil war or violence. And yet Congo-Brazzaville is so often put under the same umbrella of bad news with its big neighbor, the DRC.
Most people are caught in the “Congo-trap” and confuse the two Congos. Or they think that it’s simply not that important. But it is! Congo-Brazzaville is a green treasure, pure nature. The Congo-basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world. This is where Odzala is located. The national park Odzala-Kokoua stands for one of the most beautiful and most intact rainforests on our planet. More than 500 different wildlife species are at home here, in addition to thousands of plants. Of course Odzala also stands for the air to breathe, without which you couldn’t survive either.
If you learn more about Odzala here, this beautiful piece of earth worth protecting, you become an “ambassador” and spread the news: There are two Congos. And there is Odzala.