Small, wooden boats traveling from Kisangani to Kinshasa are often overcrowded with goods and passengers, increasing the risk for accidents, but one entrepreneur hopes to alleviate that concern by building a large ferry to provide affordable and safe transportation. The ferry is set to be ready by January, but details about the cost have yet to be determined.
Criminals in DRC’s North Kivu province have long preyed on major roads, committing killings, kidnappings, and robberies of travelers. In May 2016, however, vehicles from the DRC military began accompanying regular convoys of commercial and passenger vehicles on two main routes, and crime on these slow-moving convoys has been nearly nonexistent.
Herders and farmers in Kaseghe, a remote part of the country’s North Kivu province, struggle to keep peace as each group points fingers at the other for crop damage and livestock deaths. A local official settles at least one claim per month, but the violence is on the rise.
In a village north of Goma, health organizations are struggling to counter a cholera epidemic brought on by an extended dry season and lack of rainfall. Their efforts – including clean water deliveries and community education – have made an impact, but residents say future outbreaks are inevitable unless the government addresses the village’s lack of water infrastructure.
Bush meat, a delicacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is enjoyed by many, but its procurement is linked to illegal wildlife trafficking throughout the region. Officials work to educate the public on this connection to stop people from supporting those who are partially responsible for the DRC’s declining wildlife.