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.
Conflict that’s been consistent in this region since the 1990s has caused parents and children to lose one another in the chaos. Radio announcements are one local method of reuniting separated family members, and large aid agencies are also working to identify lost children and reunite them with their families.
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.
The Congo Wars, which devastated Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 1990s, continue to affect citizens’ access to civil services and their ability to register for birth certificates. Now, humanitarian organizations are encouraging citizens to register by raising awareness about just how much that document can do.
Each month, there are about four murders in Kirumba, a rural community of about 35,000. In response to the chaos that has become a way of life here, a community group called Silwamughuma was formed a year ago, so far helping more than 40 families as they mourn their loved ones.
Insecurity continues to take its toll in the DRC. After 20 years of successive conflicts, an estimated 1.5 million people in the DRC have been displaced from their homes. One advocate urges humanitarian organizations to teach displaced girls the basic trades so they can earn money and avoid resorting to survival sex.
In Democratic Republic of Congo, drivers are reluctant to take their vehicles for official routine inspections because the price is too high. But poor maintenance has resulted in shoddy vehicles, the use of which can have deadly consequences.
Attacks targeting motorcycle taxi drivers in the DRC city of Kisangani have local people fearing for their safety on their daily commutes. Authorities responded with new security measures, but so far haven’t made much progress in catching perpetrators.