Last year, a group of Kisangani residents stole a load of bank notes marked for destruction. As the old, tattered currency re-enters circulation, shoppers and vendors lose trust in their money – and the Central Bank of Congo.
In DRC’s North Kivu province, forced marriages are often the unhappy result of unplanned pregnancies – even though the practice is illegal. But parents who force their daughters to marry these days will likely receive a visit from the staff of a women’s organization to talk them out of it.
Part 2 in a Series: Tens of thousands of DRC residents earn a living by trading across the border with Rwanda. Now, the border is closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and experts warn that an economic disaster is imminent.
Foreign aid agencies operating in Democratic Republic of Congo seldom recruit local workers, and when they do, they’re paid far less than foreign workers, local people say. Frustrated with high unemployment and lack of job opportunities, protestors are demanding that international organizations hire more qualified locals.
Just as officials prepared to declare the country Ebola-free, COVID-19 hit. Authorities are taking strict measures. But many residents, having survived one devastating epidemic without isolation, are skeptical they need to disrupt their lives for another.
A wealth of natural resources should make the nation’s agriculture sector one of the world’s most productive. Instead, ongoing instability has hampered access to food and stymied farmers’ commercial output.