Gold has been mined in this remote region of DRC for decades, and many mines are controlled by armed groups. But when a new deposit was discovered recently, armed groups didn’t take it over – the people did.
Hundreds of residents of a municipality near Kisangani built their homes on low-lying land prone to flooding. In April, the local government, citing a previously unknown construction ban, destroyed their homes.
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.