In response to DRC’s current Ebola outbreak, health centers implemented special screening measures to prevent the disease from spreading. But when local people who believe those measures will harm them seek other health care options, they risk the possibility of going untreated for other diseases.
A former child soldier started an amateur boxing club in Democratic Republic of Congo to help other young soldiers move beyond their pasts. Now, boys and men from varying ethnic groups work together to find success in the boxing ring.
Many children in DRC say they were pushed out of their homes when their parents or relatives accused them of witchcraft. There are few places for such children to find shelter in DRC, but one religious center opens its doors to them.
Despite success in treating Ebola, response teams sent to Democratic Republic of Congo are met with mistrust from local people. The fierce resistance to their methods has sometimes been violent – but why is it happening in the first place?
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.