In October, 2008, as part of an internship, I traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An orphan I spoke to said the most important people in his life were those who helped. When I asked him who helped, he said no one.
If you should happen upon two of the less visited African capitals and you don't have the time for days of travel to see them in their primordial natural habitat, a side trip to great apes who have been rescued is a relatively easy trip.
In 1974, the DRC hosted a match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Ali defeated an established opponent running out of ideas and ways to win. This is perhaps a foretaste of how our politics may develop in the coming months.
Multi-tasking is de rigueur these days, so it comes as no surprise that renewable energy expert and conflict resolution specialist Steve Smith has his hands full. His specialty comes from years of practice.
Congo's economy is not undermined by "unregulated fertility" rates. Civil society has been destroyed by decades of war and over a hundred years of exploitation of Congo's wealth by international interests.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Congo region have been forced to flee from their homes - some many times - because men with guns have given them no choice. Others have been massacred, raped or tortured.