‘The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is both the poorest and one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Though the country has one of the largest reserves of minerals and natural resources — including copper, cobalt, gold, oil, diamonds, uranium, and coltan — the entrenched effects of war, corruption, colonialism, and more recently, the move towards neoliberal economic globalization, have made sure that this wealth never really ‘trickles down’ to the people of the DRC despite the wishful promises of market capitalism.

Instead, it is used to make the rich richer and the poor even poorer.

In a recent reveal from the Panama Papers, it came to light that the largest mine in the DRC just sold for $2.65 billion, and the country didn’t get a cent of it.’

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