The Democratic Republic of the Congo could be one of the richest countries in Africa because of its mineral wealth, but yet it’s one of the poorest. Corruption and exploitation has cost the country billions. With the elections there’s hope the country’s new leaders can improve the lives of millions of people.
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DR Congo has vast resources – from the pristine rainforests to the valuable ores that lie beneath the soil.
It has gold, diamonds, uranium, rare-earth metals, copper and cobalt – an essential ingredient in electric car batteries.
The south-eastern province of Katanga is the centre of the country’s mining industry with vast areas of open-cast pits and 60% of the world’s cobalt reserves. To Find out more:
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