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As Public Cemeteries Are Looted and Destroyed, New Cemetery Provides Pricey Alternative

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: CultureInnovation

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.

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Meet the Women Fighting Forced Marriages in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AutonomyEducationHuman RightsWomen's Rights

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.

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Congolese Woman Gets Birth Control Implant

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To Cut Costs and Prevent Deforestation, DRC Women Make Fuel From Household Waste

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

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.

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Some Residents, Businesses Enjoy Reliable Power as DRC’s Electric Utility Faces Competition

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessDevelopmentEconomyInfrastructure

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.

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Delayed Paychecks Leave DRC Miners Scrambling For Options

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: ExtractivesJobsMoney

As miners wait months to be paid, illegal mineral trafficking between DRC and Rwanda flourishes.

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On Ancestral Island, Pygmy People in DRC Seek Self-Sufficiency Amid Discrimination and Economic Hardship

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyHuman RightsJobs

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.

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Congolese Singer Performs for Politician’s Visit

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As Faith in Police Dwindles, Kisangani Residents Turn to Mob Justice

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

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.

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In DRC, Unlicensed Nurses Make House Calls For Cheap

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessHealth

Hospital care in DRC is often too expensive. Instead, people call nurses to their homes – but not all of those nurses are qualified.

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