Where is The Democratic Republic of Congo?
Million People In DRC
64% of the Population live on less than $2.15 per day (2021)
Dollars Per Year Per Capita
DRC is among the five poorest nations in the world, ranking 188 out of 192 in GDP
As the second largest country on the African continent, DR Congo is rich in natural resources, including land, minerals and precious metals. However, the country is in crisis with oppressive government systems, instability, continued threats by armed groups and a history of violence to assert power.
Below are articles and websites that explain the current situation in the Congo. By clicking on the links below, you will see a few of the reasons why there is such unrest in what is one of the most resource-rich countries. Millions of Congolese lives are being affected by corruption and evil.
Unrest in a Resource-Rich Country
WE ARE CALLED TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Links and Articles
To learn about DRC’s economic, political and social context, start with this overview provided by The World Bank.
- Follow the International Crisis Group to understand the ongoing conflict in Congo.
- For the most recent articles being covered by global news outlet BBC, search Congo on their Africa sub-page.
- Making your way to the Congo? Read local news and safety warnings from Heal Africa.
We are called by Jesus Christ to help our brothers and sisters who are suffering. That is why we go.
Trip Updates & Upcoming Events
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