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.
Feeding a desperate need for clean water, business-minded people in Democratic Republic of Congo cross into Rwanda to fill water jugs to sell back home. In the Goma area of DRC, a resource-rich country, the only water available to many people is from Lake Kivu, and people there say it’s not safe to drink.
In a nation where nearly three-quarters of the people lack access to safe drinking water, one man in the eastern city of Bukavu accidentally found a source and is supplying water for his neighbors. An official blames a long dry spell, obsolete infrastructure and an increasing population for the water crisis. An International Committee of the Red Cross study provides recommendations to increase water delivery for the city.
Malaria is a leading cause of death in the DRC, especially among children under five. Due to a lack of affordable health care and insurance, many residents choose to buy antimalarial drugs directly from pharmacies. However, overuse can make antimalarial drugs less effective, and there is a health risk associated with delaying proper treatment due to misdiagnosis.
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.
At Yolé! Africa, young people from multiple ethnic groups work together to create art and learn job skills. In a country where ethnic tensions often result in violence, the center is an unusual environment where people collaborate to promote peace.
Beer drinkers in a small community in Democratic Republic of Congo overcame their suspicion and fear of people with albinism because of a special beer. The brewer has albinism, but her recipe for mandale, a local fermented drink, has helped her build a successful business.
Mt. Nyiragongo, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world. Its eruption in 2002 left more than 100 dead and more than 100,000 homeless in the city of Goma. Fifteen years later, Goma continues to grow and rebuild – even as the looming volcano rumbles over the city.
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.
Rutshuru residents hail a project to rebuild a bridge abandoned since 2004. The project enables women forced from their homes to exhibit self-reliance and demonstrate their ability to perform construction work irrespective of origin, tribe or sex.