DRC: Untapped Wealth and Humanitarian Crises in the Heart of Africa 

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Africa, the cradle of humanity, is currently a space of expanding threats and potential that defy simple explanations in a setting of amazing beauty and dizzying complexity.

As we go over the landscape of Africa’s most unstable nation, Africa is an extremely beautiful and intricate continent. Due to poverty, violence, and political instability, it is also a dangerous continent.

“The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery, and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest,” historian Dan Snow writes.

The DRC is yet another illustration of a very gifted yet dangerous country with farming lands and abundant natural resources that offer a glimmer of potential. Despite having abundant natural resources, such as rich minerals and lush terrain, it is still primarily a rural community with few inhabitants, where even the most fortunate live in abject poverty.

The DRC’s real GDP is expected to increase by 6.3% in 2023, according to IMF projections, but the country has yet to completely tap into its hidden resources.

According to the United Nations Human Development Index, the DRC is a place supposedly endowed with every conceivable mineral.

However, visitors and citizens should be mindful of the wide range of risks and threats that exist in it. The country’s protracted battle, commonly referred to as the Great War of Africa, has been waged exclusively inside its borders and has involved armed rebel groups, civilians, and military personnel from more than 10 different countries.

According to Smartravellers.gov.au, the DRC is ranked as one of the most dangerous countries in Africa due to crime and civil unrest, with some areas having an increased risk. The security situation in the DRC is volatile, and there are over 130 active armed groups in the eastern DRC.

The humanitarian crisis in the DRC continues to be recognised as a very complicated and prolonged dilemma on a global scale. It has resulted in the displacement of over 5 million individuals within the nation, while also pushing over 1 million Congolese citizens to seek asylum in other countries.

War, foreign interference, and governmental mismanagement have wrecked the country, making the country’s tremendous natural resources, including minerals, worth trillions of dollars, more of a curse than a blessing for the bulk of the population.

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