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.
Zimbabwe’s professional football clubs aren’t exempt from the effects of hyperinflation. Rising league fees have jeopardized the future of teams and players. And some say the love of the game is a major casualty of the crisis.
Ugandans face harsh penalties for drug use, but getting treatment for addiction is no easy feat. There aren’t nearly enough rehab facilities, and their steep price tags mean treatment is out of reach for those who need it most.
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico nearly three years ago – and highlighted its dependence on imported food. The spread of the new coronavirus could lead to similar food shortages. Green-thumb residents are trying to fix the imbalance by growing and marketing local produce.
Even though the DRC Constitution has long guaranteed free, compulsory public education, parents have been paying into public-school teacher salaries for years – and students faced expulsion for nonpayment. This year, the government finally made good on its promise, but public schools are struggling to meet the sudden demand.
With inflation tightening its grip on Zimbabwe, people are hungry for ways to get groceries from abroad, but many traditional methods are expensive and inconvenient. But new technology might offer some relief.
In Uganda, actors have fame but take on second jobs to make a living, as pirated movies eat into industry profits. Critics say these pirates are stealing more than just movies: They’re robbing the industry of a future.
Zimbabweans have long struggled with cash shortages, and many have turned to “mobile money” for daily transactions. With no need for a bank account, the system is convenient – at least, until it's time to make a withdrawal.