n African Renaissance - Democratic Republic of Congo : the humanitarian disaster is not over : it has just changed its face!

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The brutal war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) left between 3.5 million to 4 million dead in about 10 years. The general elections organised last year in July and October 2006 gave massive hope among the different communities of the DRC after so much suffering. Unfortunately, seven months later, very little has changed in the daily life of the Congolese men, women and children. In this article, Kongosi & Ben Mussanzi wa Mussangu, from the Centre Resolution Conflicts (CRC) analyse the reasons and offer some suggested solutions for the international community.

The DRC is known as a "geological and ecological scandal", because this central African state has all kinds of strategic resources : gold, diamonds, copper, uranium, cobalt, coltan etc. Coltan is used in the mobile telephone technology. Recently oil has been discovered in the Albert lake valley. Apart from that there are many other ecological resources, like the equatorial forest, the mountain gorillas, the okapi, and many other animal and plant species. The Congo forest is second to the Amazon in controlling the Earth's global climate. The DRC is also rich culturally, thought to have 450 ethnic groups and the same number of languages.

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