Sights of the Congo

The sight of women hauling huge loads like these sacks of charcoal is such a common sight while traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Everywhere you go you come across people moving goods from one place to another, mostly on their heads and backs. It’s hard, hot, heavy work and at the end of the day, I could only imagine the toll this continuous hard labour takes on a human body.
The DR Congo is commonly considered one of the wealthiest countries in the world, in terms of natural resources, with an estimated $24 trillion in natural minerals. The nation is the second largest producer of diamonds, comprising 30% of worldwide diamond production. It produces 70% of the world’s coltan, contains the world’s largest cobalt reserves, has immense rainforests and huge, untapped, hydropower potential.

In stark contrast, 71% of Congolese live below the World Bank’s threshold of “absolute” poverty of $1 per day. Work like transporting these heavy bags of charcoal will barely be enough to survive showing the divide between potential and reality in the DRC is huge.
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