On the Brink: the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Beyond the Headlines looks at Africa’s second largest country, the troubled Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2013 the country is still locked in conflict with the insurgent M23 Movement. Recurring civil strife over the past half-centry has killed 5,000,000 Congolese and forced 2,000,000 to flee from their homes. Today 500,000 Congolese live outside their homeland as refugees in neighbouring countries. All the while, corrupt governments in the Democratic Republic have stolen the country’s wealth and opportunities, leaving only dire poverty for its citizens.  Faced with such challenges, what does the future hold for the Democratic Republic of the Congo?


  Executive Director, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

  • Jean-Bernard Parenteau

  Director, Central Africa and Great Lakes Region

  Canadian International Development Agency

  • Paul Mulangu

  Executive Director, Centre of Integration for African Immigrants

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