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Map of the Dem. Rep. of the Congo highlighting the Province of Orientale
Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
Capital Kisangani
Land area¹ 503,239 km²
Governor Médard Autsai
Population 5,566,000
(est. 1998)
Density 11.06/km²
Territorial Organisation - Cities

Orientale (also Oriental; formerly Haut-Zaïre, then Haut-Congo) is a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It lies in the northeast of the country, and its provincial capital is Kisangani. It borders Equateur province to the west, Kasai-Oriental to the southwest, Maniema to the south, and Nord-Kivu to the southeast. It also borders the Central African Republic and Sudan to the north, and Uganda to the east.

The Ituri district of Orientale was the scene of Ituri conflict.


In 1998 the Orientale villages of Durba and Watsa were the center of an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever among gold mine workers.

Post-2005 Constitution devolution of Orientale

The proposed 2005 Constitution divided Orientale Province into four new provinces, based on its subregions:

There was to be a referendum to accept the constitution in February 2006.

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