The country of the Democratic Republic of Congo has 14.57 million people in 2020. More than 200 ethnic groups constitute the people of the DRC, with nearly 205 languages and dialects spoken throughout the country. The capital of the Congo, Kinshasa, which is the second-largest country in Africa, has nine bordering countries including Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The Silent Holocaust
Congo faces a silent holocaust in an ongoing fight for justice and reparations. With millions of Congolese killed, the Western world has continued to profit from the countries natural capital with no regard for its citizens. Given the genocide faced by the Congolese under the imperialist rule of King Leopold II, this post-colonial reality is one that bears the remains of capitalist greed leaving Congo open to exploitation and disorder. Coltan is a crucial mineral that is required for electronic devices, aerospace, and technological innovation. While companies like Apple debut the new IPhone 12, Congo suffers the consequences.
With the aid of France, the United States and the United Kingdom have been supplying financial and military assistance for the invasions of Uganda and Rwanda, which has led to more killings and little media coverage.
It is multinational mining companies that are set up to manufacture coltan, which enslaves men, women, and children. In contrast, men, women, and children are tortured, starved, and killed. Almost 48 women were raped almost every day and millions killed, but most of them were children.
The global south is often deemed to be “third world” or “developing”, but it’s important to shift the narrative to the truth. If Congo holds the tools of innovation, why are those in power working to keep the Congolese people voiceless?How can Africa and countries like Congo not only survive but thrive in the post-colonial world in the wake of constant economic disadvantages and the abuse of our natural resources by Western countries and those in Asia alike.
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Sponsor a child’s education: https://www.hopeforthenations.com/agents/hope-for-the-nations-burundi-dr-congo/
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Support victims of sexual violence: https://www.sciaf.org.uk/get-involved/appeals/433-wee-box-big-change
More resources: http://www.congoaction.co.uk/