(09-10) 04:00 PDT Ruhengeri, Rwanda -- The mud, at first, is brutal. It splashes your pants and sloshes down your socks and seems to fling itself at you from the thick bamboo forest. It suctions your boots as you strain up what shouldn't really be called a path, and mocks you for moving so slowly, especially compared to the Rwandan guides who seem to glide through the forest.
The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is established by the UNSC in monitoring the peace process among the various ethnic conflicts.
Kinshasa is Congo's capital and one of the country's largest cities.
Despite the presence of the world's largest peacekeeping mission, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains in the grip of civil war. The reason is clear. A flood of small arms and light weapons undermines the 17,000 United Nations troops' mandate to protect civilians.
Bukavu in a city located east of the DRC and the capital of the South Kivu province.
A series of photographs capturing the influence of cellular phones on the daily lives of people in DRC.
Mining is becoming a growing industry in DRC where many farmers are switching jobs to join the destructive industry.
Coltan mining continues to grow in the DRC. Coltan is commonly used in mobile phones, and the DRC counts for one of the world's largest coltan reserves.
Women and children have been raped systematically by the armed forces in the conflict. Also, about 1200 people die daily because of non-direct fighting, according to some NGOs.
Many complications are undermining the Democratic Republic of Congo elections including warring militia groups and mineral riches.
Pays de 62 millions d'habitants, la république démocratique du Congo s'étend sur un territoire grand comme le Québec et l'Ontario mis ensemble. Elle recèle énormément de richesses naturelles, exploitées par des compagnies privées sans que le pays n'en voie vraiment les bénéfices.