Was the great African pop star Papa Wemba really a smuggler?

Papa Wemba died earlier this week, after he collapsed on stage in Ivory Coast. The star, known as the king of Congolese rumba, was jailed in 2004 for smuggling Congolese people to Europe. Lubangi Muniania, a Congolese arts educator who knew Papa Wemba, explains Wemba's history.

Preserving the Congo Basin’s Trees, Part 1

Protecting forests could play a critical role in the fight against climate change. Many of the world’s nations are banking on a scheme called REDD which puts a price on trees so they’re more valuable standing than cut down. Living on Earth continues its series "REDD Path to a Green Planet" with a visit to Central Africa. Producers Alex Chadwick and Christopher Johnson travel to the Congo Basin and find a forest that’s largely untouched and biologically rich and diverse. Some environmentalists and investors are betting that big money can be made in the emerging global carbon market if the region’s trees are protected.


Conflict & Justice

Chaos in Congo

Tens of thousands of people in eastern Congo have flooded into the capital city, Goma. They're fleeing the latest offensive by Tutsi rebels in the region. The Red Cross has described the humanitarian situation there as catastrophic.

Conflict & Justice

Humanitarian crisis in Congo

Intense diplomatic efforts are underway to try to find a solution to the latest conflict in eastern Congo. Tens of thousands have been displaced in just the past few days. Reporter Michael Kavanagh spoke with some of the displaced and sent this report.

Conflict & Justice

Crisis in eastern Congo

Host Lisa Mullins gets an update on the humanitarian situation in Congo from Erna Vangoor, who is in the eastern Congolese city of Goma for the humanitarian group Doctors without Borders.

Conflict & Justice

Call for more peacekeepers in Congo

The humanitarian situation in Congo remains dire. Nearly 250,000 more refugees have been displaced since the fighting re-ignited in August. The World's Jeb Sharp reports on the calls for additional UN peacekeepers to protect those most in danger.


Congo's gorillas at risk

Virunga National Park in Congo is home to more than a third of the world's last mountain gorillas - and the ongoing violence in eastern Congo is putting the wellbeing of those remaining few at risk. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more about Virunga's mountain gorillas from author Craig Hatkoff. He co-wrote a children's book called "Looking for Miza: The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of their Own".

Conflict & Justice

Congo's rebel leader

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country again in turmoil. The latest violence involves a rebel general named Laurent Nkunda. Nkunda's managed to take over large swathes of eastern Congo with a small band of well-trained soldiers.

Business, Economics and Jobs

Congo and your cellphone

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Businessweek reporter Jack Ewing about coltan. The metallic ore is used in cell phones and electronics. Eastern Congo is a rich source of coltan and some say the West's demand for it is fuelling the conflict there.