DRC Street Food Could Be Health Hazard

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Many street food vendors handle money and food with ungloved, unwashed hands, and their customers often don’t wash their hands, either. Officials say poor hygiene contributes to outbreaks of diarrhea, cholera and other diseases and health issues.

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DRC Students Drop Out as Parents Struggle To Pay Rising Required Teachers’ Bonuses 

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Education

Children whose parents can’t afford the rising cost of bonus payments to augment teachers’ pay are being turned away from schools. Teacher salaries are a major challenge for Congolese communities, where schools require parents to augment government salaries. Meanwhile DRC, with an estimated 3.5 million primary school-age children out of school, is among nations with the highest numbers of out-of-school children in the world.

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When Rwandan Mothers Work in DRC, Small Children Wait Alone at Border

Region: Rwanda

Topics: EducationHuman RightsPolitics

Rwandan children of all ages are left alone each day near the border crossing with Democratic Republic of Congo as their mothers peddle food and other goods there. The women say they have no other way to earn money, even though their work forces their children to fend for themselves during the day.

This article refers to a March 26th speech by Paul Kagame. The speech has been intentionally paraphrased, rather than quoted, to comply with Rwandan law that forbids the president's words to be used out of context.

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After Years of Conflict, Dialogue Begun To Set DRC Region on Path to Peace

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Meetings between Nandes and Hutus in Lubero territory are being held to reduce tensions between the two groups. Leaders are asking residents of all ethnicities to refuse to associate with rebel organizations and are urging the government to do its part to quell violence.

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More Haitians Self-Medicating as Street Vendors Provide Alternative to Pharmacies

Region: Haiti

Topics: Health

In Haiti’s struggling economy and tough job market, selling prescription drugs illegally has become an attractive option – especially since street vendors operate with impunity. But the lower prices and more flexible purchasing options that street vendors provide come at a cost as consumers increasingly forgo pharmacies and formal medical treatment.

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DRC Volcano Spurts New Business for Woman Hoping to Sell Her Lava Jewelry Worldwide

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Business

One DRC woman’s business makes the most of a substance many Goma residents consider to be a nuisance: Hardened lava, from past eruptions of Mount Nyiragongo. Lydie Sosole uses the lava to create jewelry that both inspires pride in Goma and boosts the local economy.

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Struggles of Alcohol, Drug Use Addressed In DRC Program to End Cycle of Violence

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Many in conflict areas turn to drugs and alcohol to relieve the stresses of living in a war-torn nation, only to make their problems worse. But an organization’s five-day program in Democratic Republic of Congo is helping hundreds kick these habits. GPJ spoke to six to discuss their struggles and victories.

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Rwandans, Congolese Work Together in Wheelchair Transport Co-Op

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessCulture

A collective providing transport via industrial-sized wheelchairs offers a low-cost alternative for those trading goods between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Owned by its disabled workers, it unites Rwandans and Congolese in a shared business venture.

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Long Delays in Fixing DRC City’s Roads Lead Citizens to Suspect Misuse of Taxes

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessPolitics

Road construction projects, pledged by President Joseph Kabila during his campaign in 2006, started in North Kivu province in 2008 but quickly came to a halt because of a lack of funds. Unpaved pathways are unsafe for drivers and pedestrians in the provincial capital, Goma; store owners complain of dirt covering merchandise and other detriments to their business.

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Challenging Family and Custom, Women Assert Legal Right to Inherit Land

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Traditionally, women in the DRC gained shares in property through marriage, not inheritance. Today few realize that this custom contradicts the law, which codifies women’s rights to inherit land. In the North Kivu province, one organization is spreading awareness of the law and helping to resolve inheritance disputes.  

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