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Boma

(bō`mə), city (1984 pop. 197,617), Kongo Central prov., W Congo (Kinshasa), on the Congo River estuary. A port and railhead, it exports tropical timber, bananas, cacao, and palm products. Boma was the capital of the Congo Free State (after 1908 the Belgian Congo) from 1887 to 1926, when it was changed to Leopoldville (now Kinshasa).

Boma

 

a city in the Democratic Republic of Zaire, in the province of Lower Zaire. Population, 33,100 (1960). The city is a port (accessible to seagoing vessels) in the estuary of the Congo River. Boma exports wood, oil palm products, bananas, cocoa, and rubber. The city has an airport. Other industries include the processing of agricultural raw materials, a brewery, ship repair, and fishing. In 1886, Boma was made the administrative center of the country; in 1926 the administrative center was moved to Léopoldville (now Kinshasa).

Boma

a port in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), on the Congo River, capital of the Belgian Congo until 1926: forest products. Pop.: 607 000 (2005 est.)
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Mechanically she filled the gourds and, taking them up, turned slowly to retrace her steps to the boma only to voice immediately a half-stifled scream and shrank back from the menacing figure looming before her and blocking her way to the hut.
Leaping lightly over the boma, he ran swiftly toward her as Go-lat lumbered closer to the girl the while he voiced his emotions in low gutturals which, while in reality the most amicable of advances, sounded to the girl like the growling of an enraged beast.
It was evident to her that the words he had spoken meant nothing to him and that the assumed proprietorship over her was, like the boma, only another means for her protection.
He walked with her as far as the boma and when she had entered he closed the gap with thorn bushes and turned away toward the forest.
He made a second trip into the boma and the former grisly tragedy was reenacted with another howling victim.
The association also created the Building Owners and Managers Alliance for Safety (BOMAS), which developed The BOMAS Safe Buildings Plan to improve emergency preparedness and coordination between the commercial real estate industry and the city.
Many advocacy successes in commercial real estate depend on the volunteers within BOMA local associations.
Other BOMA local associations are now looking to recreate BOMA/Arizona's model to protect private-property rights in other states.
Additionally, the Georgia House passed HR 511, a resolution recognizing the many valuable contributions of BOMA/Atlanta and declaring March 17, 2005, BOMA Day at the Capitol.