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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of south-central Democratic Republic of the Congo east of Kinshasa. It is a commercial center in a diamond-mining region. Population: 1,210,000.


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  • Kabila persuaded Zimbabwe to intervene on his behalf, saving the main government diamond mines at Mbuji Mayi, but the payoff has been valuable mining concessions for companies linked to the Zimbabwe political and military elite.

    The Gems Of War

  • "The moment you land in Mbuji Mayi," says Mike Mutombo, a MIBA director, "you realize you're in a village, one without electric light."

    Gems in a Graveyard

  • Desperation brought millions of people to the diamond fields of Mbuji Mayi.

    Gems in a Graveyard

  • On an average day, Mrs. Bijicka says, she and her three sons dig up roughly 700 Congolese francs — about $5 — from their pit at the Matempu mine, five miles outside Mbuji Mayi.

    Gems in a Graveyard

  • Mbuji Mayi is a desperate place even by Congolese standards.

    Gems in a Graveyard

  • With a population conservatively estimated at 3.3 million (the mayor claims it's 4.3 million), Mbuji Mayi may well be the largest city on earth without running water or citywide electricity.

    Gems in a Graveyard

  • On 31 May 2007, a meeting of journalists in Mbuji Mayi, Kasaï Oriental Province, was violently disrupted and subsequently dispersed by a group of policemen.

    DR Congo: Monthly Human Rights Assessment: June 2007

  • The Incomparable, in its rough state weighing 890 carats, was found in the town of Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo formerly Zaire in the 1980s.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • To get to the Congo's rich diamond district, we flew to the town of Mbuji Mayi at the center of this vast nation, then drove an hour and a half over dirt track roads until we arrived at the village of Depumba (ph).

    CNN Transcript Dec 13, 2006

  • The Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), pointing to recent protests in the capital Kinshasa and the Mbuji Mayi diamond city, warned of "generalised unrest" in the absence of "a definitive, comprehensive and sustainable solution to the crisis."

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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