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.
Troops loyal to Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court, have taken two towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A BBC reporter in the area says thousands of people are fleeing the fierce fighting toward nearby Goma.
Tension is rising in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after President Laurent Kabila issued an arrest warrant for one his generals, former warlord, Bosco Ntaganda . Ntaganda has gone AWOL with many of his commanders.