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Their Coffee is World-Class, but DRC Farmers Say Growing It Doesn’t Pay

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureBusiness

Even though Starbucks and other major coffee companies buy beans from co-ops that represent them, coffee farmers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they can't earn a living growing the crop.

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Accessing Electricity in DRC Is Expensive, but Pirating Power Comes at a Dangerous Cost

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Installing an electric meter in Kisangani often means waiting years and paying a steep fee. So some residents are taking matters into their own hands – and risking their lives in the process.

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Long Thought of as Food for the Poor, Healthful Okra Enjoys New Popularity in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Cases of diabetes are increasing in DRC, as more than 3.3 million people here have been diagnosed with the disease. The rise in the incidence of diabetes in DRC has been accompanied by the rising popularity of a common vegetable that helps manage blood sugar, even though the vegetable has long been considered a food of the poor: okra.

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Q&A: Head of DRC Civilian Police Unit Seeks to Bring Violent Sex Offenders to Justice

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

Sexual violence against women and children is a major problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The commander of a local civilian police unit, which works to curb violence and bring offenders to justice, sat down with GPJ for a Q&A to talk about his efforts.

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War Widows in DRC Fight for Missing Military Stipends

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

Military widows in Democratic Republic of Congo complain that they haven’t gotten the lifelong benefits to which the law says they’re entitled, but a top military officer hopes the problem will be fixed soon. Among the issues: Some of the women aren’t listed, some weren’t legally married to the men, some of the deceased men aren’t listed, and fraudulent claims are common.

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Motorcycles Made in China Are a Cheap, Fast Solution to Travel Through Rural DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

In a mountainous area where good roads are rare, cheap motorcycles from China are helping people get around — and make a living.

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Feature Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo: Girls Mourn Beni Massacre

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After Kidnapping, Family Speak Out After Facing Ransom Demands, Sometimes Murders

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Since 2010, kidnappings have been common throughout North Kivu province and citizens blame the government for the lack of security in the region. Rebel groups are suspected in most kidnappings, which seek to fetch high ransoms.

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In DRC, Artisanal Miners’ Hoped-for Road Out of Poverty Paved With Disappointment

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

There may be more than 1 million informal miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where unemployment is widespread, and some toil with rudimentary tools and earn mere cents per day. They may have “get rich quick” dreams, but many find themselves in debt after borrowing funds for transportation and living expenses, and some die from mine-related health issues or accidents.

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After Escaping Armed Groups in DRC, Rape Stigma Prevents Former Girl Soldiers from Going Home

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Women's Rights

Girls who escape armed groups after being abducted often face challenges trying to reintegrate into society. In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, girls represent 30 to 40 percent of children recruited into armed groups, according to a 2017 report by Child Soldiers International, but there is little aid for girls who escape, and the stigma they face often prevents them from returning home.

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