Is a semblance of security worth the taxes that villagers are compelled to give the Mai Mai Mazembe armed group? Some in Miriki say yes, while many others have deserted their homes and left the region, at risk of going hungry.
Every year, smugglers bring tons of Congolese gold worth hundreds of millions of dollars out of the DRC into neighboring countries. Much of that gold fuels conflict back home. The DRC is finally taking steps to trace and regulate one of the world's most uncontrolled conflict minerals.
The first ever Tour of DRC kicked off this week. Cycling teams from nine mostly African countries are competing in the 500 mile race across parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote national unity.
Correspondent Michael Kavanagh traveled Thursday across the frontlines from rebel-held Goma, into Army-held territory, and then back again. He says the warring factions aren't all keen to negotiate and residents fear the insurgents.
In many African hospitals, patients must settle their bills before they're released. If patients can't pay, they end up stuck in the hospital. Cindy Shiner of AllAfrica.com recently met one such patient at a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Anchor Marco Werman takes us to the soundcheck for the first date on the US tour of Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili. They're from the streets of Kinshasa, confined by polio to wheelchairs. And they rock.
The subject of today's Global Hit is singer Lokua Kanza. He's from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in central Africa. Kanza has a new album out. And regular contributor Tom Schnabel says it's a winner.
Head for the Great Rift Valley for the Geo Quiz: we're searching for a chain of volcanic mountains in East Africa. These mountains cross the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This mountainous region is home to mountain gorillas.
Today's Geo Quiz is about money. We Americans aren't feeling very wealthy right now. Most of us are a lot wealthier still than most of the world's 6.8 billion people. Most of them are poor. We want to know which are the 5 poorest countries of the world?
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, fighting continues between government troops and the rebels loyal to the renegade general, Laurent Nkunda. The Congolese government accuses Rwanda of backing the rebels -- something the rebels deny.
The Congolese government has been battling rebels led by Laurent Nkunda. This week, the Congolese government joined forces with it's former arch enemy Rwanda in an offensive against the rebels and today reports say the joint force has arrested Nkunda.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is about to begin her seven-country tour of the African continent. To examine her agenda and its possible implications, The Takeaway is joined by Will Ross of the BBC, and New America Foundation fellow Steve Clemons.
Secretary of State Clinton is in Africa for the Obama administration's first serious tour of the continent. Joining The Takeaway are Jendayi Frazer, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Martin Plaut, the BBC's Africa editor.