Congo battles poverty amid abundant mineral resources

Congo battles poverty amid abundant mineral resources

- Despite its mineral resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo has not been able to wriggle itself free of poverty and war

- The World Bank stated that as of 2018, 72% of the population in Congo was living in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 a day

- Some of the mineral resources the country is blessed with include copper, diamonds, gold, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the countries in the world blessed with abundant mineral resources but despite this reality, the country has been enmeshed in poverty and war.

According to Africa Facts Zone, Congo has the most mineral resources in the world. The country's raw minerals are worth $24 trillion.

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In a report by the World Bank, Congo's poverty rate as of 2018 was 72%. This means 72% of the population was living in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 a day.

Congo battles poverty amid abundant mineral resources
With its mineral resources, Congo should be one of the richest countries in the world. Photo credit: Pinterest
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Some of the mineral resources you will find in Congo include copper, diamonds, gold, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil.

Africans including Nigeria took to the comment section of the tweet about Congo by Africa Facts Zone to share their thoughts.

Tweep with the handle @agabus_milimu wrote:

"Congo DR should be one of the largest economies in the world but the Belgians and the UN have held the country by the balls and are looting indiscriminately in that country. They keep creating a "humanitarian crisis" to creat an easy ground for looting."

Another tweep with the handle @izaq_kwasi wrote:

"What wrong did Africans do to deserve some of the leaders we have? Poor leadership and lack of concern for welfare of citizens all over."

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@FineJoeYoung believes Africans deserves what they are going through for not being united.

He wrote:

"We deserve everything we get for not being united. Africans need to come together now, with a continent-wide protests things might change. But no, SAns & Nigerians are always fighting each other instead of sticking together smh."

@OcheOdaudu commented:

"The devil himself farted in Africa.... This is just not normal, our choices of Leadership over the years has been detrimental to Africa's development."

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In other news, Baraka Safari Elie, a 23-year-old man from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has invented the first-ever made-in-Congo rechargeable iron.

It took 8 months of trials to make sure that the rechargeable iron could work properly, How Africa reports. notes that the inventor, who is the director of BANZELA, said the iron can last for three hours without electricity.

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