A new private cemetery in Kisangani, where grave desecration has become common, bills itself as a safe, modern alternative. Some residents have eagerly reserved their final resting places and signed up for a payment plan, but for others, this peace of mind remains out of reach.
In DRC’s North Kivu province, forced marriages are often the unhappy result of unplanned pregnancies – even though the practice is illegal. But if you consider forcing your daughter to marry these days, you’ll likely receive a visit from the staff of a women’s organization to talk you out of it.
Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.
For decades, DRC’s national electric utility had no competition, and residents in the city of Goma faced unpredictable blackouts. But in the wake of a law that permits competition in the sector, electricity has become more reliable – for some.
Indigenous Pygmies on DRC’s Idjwi Island have faced generations of discrimination, and the minority community struggles to survive as land, education and medical care remain out of reach for most. Now, one member of the community who beat the odds to complete his education is determined to provide the same opportunity to others.
As Kisangani’s under-resourced police force struggles to maintain law and order, residents have lost faith in the state’s ability to bring criminals to justice. Now, some are taking crime and punishment into their own hands – with deadly consequences.