WHY WE ACT
With tremendous human capital, unparalleled natural resources, remarkable biodiversity, and rich cultural heritage, the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the richest countries on earth. Congo sits on trillions of dollars of untapped minerals, including cobalt, coltan, copper, and gold. Substances critical to the military and tech industries, and contained in cellphones, gaming consoles, cars, jewelry, and myriad consumer products. Millions of working age Congolese are looking for employment opportunities, but remain unemployed due in large part to government corruption and mismanagement.
Yet, the Congolese are missing the benefit from their natural resource wealth and face arrest and torture for simply speaking out for economic development, peace, and democracy. The country is facing severe underdevelopment, deteriorating infrastructure, armed group attacks, and political instability. Instead of being a source of development, Congolese mines are feeding a corrupt and opaque political system benefitting local elites and international businessmen.
5.4 million Congolese have died as a result of conflict since 1998.
Congo produces 53% of the world's cobalt
The current situation in Congo is the result of years of international
corruption, political despotism, and complicity of the west.