In DRC, there is a long history of distrust between local people and members of the national army. But in one village, people from the two groups are singing their way to a better understanding through a church choir group.
In one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest cities, there are no facilities for young people who are charged with crimes, and the existing juvenile court is barely functional. As a result, they end up in adult jails amid difficult conditions and no access to rehabilitation.
In DRC, internally displaced people settling in new areas cut down forests and burn land to clear it for planting – often without the required permits and scant knowledge of how the practice affects the environment.
Local land disputes are becoming more common in Kisangani, a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo. But between inconsistent regulation and high levels of corruption, resolving cases is not always a clear-cut process.
Land disputes in Democratic Republic of Congo are common – but getting justice often isn’t. Frustrated with the court system, local people in a North Kivu village are now taking their cases to a mediation organization, hoping for quicker turnarounds and fair resolutions.