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Country  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Area  235 km2

Likasi (formerly official names: Jadotville (French) and Jadotstad (Dutch)) is a city in Katanga Province, in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Map of Likasi


Likasi has a humid subtropical climate (Koppen: Cwa).


Likasi has a population of around 447,500 (2012). During the 1990s the United Nations set up feeding centres and refugee centres in and around Likasi to assist with the refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Shaba, whose arrival had increased the population of the town some 41,000.


Likasi is served by a station on the national railway system. The trains are mostly cargo trains and not passenger trains.

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Likasi in the past, History of Likasi

In 1961, during the United Nations intervention in the Katanga conflict, a company of Irish UN troops deployed to Jadotville was forced to surrender to troops loyal to the Katangese Prime Minister Moise Tshombe (see Siege of Jadotville).


Likasi remains a centre for industry, especially mining, and is a transport hub for the surrounding region. There are mines and refineries supplied by nearby deposits of copper and cobalt. There is also an abandoned gold mine in Likasi, which has been drained of its gold but is still dug by artisanal miners.


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