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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.