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Waiting for Justice: Kisangani Workers Go Without Pay, as Labor Suits Languish in Court

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

In 2016, Kisangani’s high court was inundated with labor cases. A designated labor court was opened to address the demand, but many employees are still wondering when their cases will be resolved.

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With Unusual Mining Cooperative, DRC Community Strikes Gold

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Extractives

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.

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Stuck in the Mud on a DRC Road

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DRC Family Makes an Alcoholic Beverage

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They Bought Homes in Flood-Prone Area of DRC, but It Was the State That Razed Them

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

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.

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Long Thought of as Food for the Poor, Healthful Okra Enjoys New Popularity in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

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.

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Accessing Electricity in DRC Is Expensive, but Pirating Power Comes at a Dangerous Cost

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Installing an electric meter in Kisangani often means waiting years and paying a steep fee. So some residents are taking matters into their own hands – and risking their lives in the process.

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Their Coffee is World-Class, but DRC Farmers Say Growing It Doesn’t Pay

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureBusiness

Even though Starbucks and other major coffee companies buy beans from co-ops that represent them, coffee farmers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they can't earn a living growing the crop.

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Q&A: Head of DRC Civilian Police Unit Seeks to Bring Violent Sex Offenders to Justice

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

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.

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War Widows in DRC Fight for Missing Military Stipends

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

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.

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