Let us look at extent of news (in English) on the Congo today in order of appearance:
1. Congo conflict hits mountain gorilla tourism http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20130416-congo-war-affects-gorilla-tourism
2. Charlotte Bobcats power forward Bismack Biyombo of Democratic Republic of Congo (0) dunks the ball against the New York Knicks during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina April 15, ...http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/photos/charlotte-bobcats-power-forward-bismack-biyombo-democratic-republic-photo-012958802.html
3. Mobile banking sparks a 'minor revolution' in DR Congo workforce http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/14/mobile-banking-sparks-a-minor-revolution-in-dr-congo-workforce/
4. Inside Congo's Link in the Gold Chain http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323820304578410273270663086.html
It is not until we get to the fifth story that they are talking about something serious. It is also interesting that the first four topics deal mostly with money; money is one of the main reasons the DRC is in the state it is in right now. People are making lots of money, but not the people in the DRC. There are major banks operating over there, but good luck trying to open a checking account if you are a local. Who controls the mines? How many old Russian cargo planes have crashed in crowded markets in the DRC and what were they carrying?
These are questions that people in the DRC already know the answer to, however, how is it that no one asking the people?
Food for thought…
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III