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On the Hunt for Grasshoppers in DRC

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At This DRC Market, Vendors Pay Their Taxes, But Their Customers Have to Shop in Filth

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

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In Kisangani’s central market, sellers and customers transact their business amid uncollected garbage and a crumbling infrastructure. A civic organization has now stepped in to collect the vendors’ fees in an effort to improve conditions and ease concerns of misuse of taxes at the trading hub.

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Expired Goods Prove to Be Both a Popular And Dangerous Choice for Many in the DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

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In Kisangani’s central market, out-of-date food, cosmetics and other products abound. Government officials responsible for preventing the circulation of expired goods face an uphill battle because the cheaper prices of these no-good goods appeal to customers.

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DRC Pygmies Farm for the First Time, Easing Hunger and Tensions With Their Neighbors

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

The pygmies of the Ituri forest have been hunters for generations, and they say nearby villagers have encroached on their land and frightened prey away; the villagers, in turn, say hungry pygmies have stolen crops. But in 2017, the pygmies started farming, with the cooperation of village leaders, and that has helped to end often violent conflicts between the two groups.

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Wary Congolese Move Their Money Elsewhere As Banks Close, Customers Lose Deposits

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

With shaky financial institutions closing and customers losing money, banking in the Democratic Republic of Congo is risky. The unreliable banking system is forcing people to seek out informal cooperatives or move their money across borders.

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Featured Photo of an 11-Year-Old School President in DRC

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Women Train Under Former Boxing Champion to Protect, Provide for Families

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Culture

For the women who train under a former boxing champion in Goma, boxing is more than just a sport. The women fight to prove themselves, earn a living and protect their families.

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Featured Photo of Lake Kivu’s Only Woman Boat Captain

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Poor Residents of DRC City Cope With Desecration of Graves by Illegal Home Construction

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

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Burial at a private cemetery is cost prohibitive for most residents of Kisangani, DRC’s third-largest city. But a new trend of illegal, overnight building is desecrating graves at the city’s public cemetery, where burial costs just $20.

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Featured Photo of a Funeral in DRC

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