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In-depth articles on DR Congo

'We've had enough'
Kinshasa holds its breath amid talks to end violence
On the streets of the DRC’s capital, people are losing patience with both President Kabila and the opposition, as poverty and corruption spark nostalgia for the authoritarian Mobuto era.
Read the article from The Guardian

Goma cheese from the lush hills of Masisi in eastern DRC
The rare art of cheese-making in DR Congo
A hillside village in the Democratic Republic of Congo is an unlikely site for the production of fine cheese. But here, one man continues a legacy started by Belgian priests in 1975.
Read the article from BBC News

DRC and the Great War of Africa
DR Congo - cursed by its natural wealth
The Democratic Republic of Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest, writes historian Dan Snow.
Read the article from BBC News.

Virunga National Park in South Kivu, DRC
DR Congo gorilla defenders compete with rebels for charcoal market
In the remote forests of Africa’s oldest wildlife park, and at the heart of a civil war that has decimated the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern region, the rangers of Virunga National Park are waging their own battle.  They’re fighting to save the surviving families of mountain gorillas and 200 other endangered species, as well as the forests and savannahs of this U.N. World Heritage site.
Read the article from Voice of America

Briefing on the situation in DRC
Towards internal solutions to the DR Congo crisis
A UN intervention brigade will soon be deployed to the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a bid to neutralize militia groups operating there. In this briefing, IRIN highlights some of the key issues that the DRC government needs to address to secure its restive east.
Read the article from IRIN

The morality of China in Africa
How China is educating DRC and Africa– and what it means for the west
In an extract from a new book, China's aspirational approach to education and investment in Africa is distinguished from the west's focus on basic needs.
Read the article from The Guardian

Congolese soldier raped 53 women
'We did whatever we wanted'
As the G8 discussed sexual violence in the DRC, perpetrators and victims spoke out about mass rape in Minova.
Read the article from The Guardian

M23, one year on
The M23 rebellion, the latest of a string of armed insurgencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province, has been active for one year now, during which hundreds of thousands have fled their homes and many have lost their lives.
Read more from IRIN

Gold and poaching bring murder and misery to Congolese wildlife reserve
Powerful supporters in security forces accused of complicity in brutal attacks by militia in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Read the article from The Guardian

New information on the Lumumba killing
MI6 and the death of Patrice Lumumba
Patrice Lumumba was elected independent Congo's first prime minster in 1960. How involved was MI6 in the death of DR Congo's first prime minister in 1961?
Read the article from BBC News


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