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Africa Channel Sets `Congo Week' Programming Lineup

The Africa Channel later this month will celebrate the annual worldwide Congo Week initiative with programming highlighting the Central African territory.

The network will air Congolese-themed movies and specials as part of the seventh annual initiative running Oct. 20-26, which commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while highlighting the culture, traditions and daily modern life of the people of the Congos, said network officials.

Online, the network will present a photo essay of the Rumble in the Jungle, documenting the historic 1974 fight in Africa between challenger Muhammad Ali and heavyweight champion George Foreman.

"Congo Week on The Africa Channel promises to demystify this intriguing and important part of the world,” said Lee Gaither, general manager and executive vice president of The Africa Channel in a statement. “We are proud to support this tremendous worldwide initiative, which reflects our network's mission to expose viewers to the lifestyle and culture of people on the African continent."