Tagged With congo


The largest great apes on Earth have suffered a "catastrophic" population collapse over the past twenty years, according to a report published today by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Grauer's gorilla, a subspecies found only in the lawless eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is a victim of the same brutal civil war that claimed up to six million human lives from 1996 to 2003.


Most people who own a smartphone — or a laptop, or a new car — aren't familiar with tantalum, the rare, blue-grey metal that conducts electricity through these devices. But thanks to skyrocketing demand from electronics makers, tantalum — along with a handful of other rare minerals — is an incredibly sought-after metal. And it's fuelling the ongoing conflict in Congo.


Irish war photographer Richard Mosse has traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo three times in the past three years — he's made it his mission, he says, to document a war so deep-seeded and tragic that it challenges "the limits of description". To describe the indescribable, Mosse has developed a unique methodology: he shoots using Kodak Aerochrome, a rare infrared film originally developed by the military to spot camouflage from above.


An old woman had died. Before burying the her, the residents of the village of Obo - in southern Central African Republic, just north of the Congolese border - gathered around a campfire to eat, drink, cry and sing in celebration of the woman's long life. It was a night in March 2008, just another beat in the slow rhythm of existence in this farming community of 13,000 people.


A routine flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo turned deadly when a crocodile escaped from a passenger's duffle bag. According to the flight's sole human survivor, panicking passengers fled into the cockpit and caused the pilot to lose control.


Hudson River water landings? That's so yesterday, man. Somewhere in the Congo today there's a pilot who, after a slight, um, miscalculation, crash landed his plane in a lava field.