The Vice Guide to The Congo

39 minutes 8.7/10 based on 26 votes

From the comfort of your computer, embark on a journey to The Democratic Republic of Congo, notorious for being one of the most dangerous, poorest, and corrupt countries on the planet. The folks at Vice Magazine visit the Congo to try and understand first-hand how the Congolese society has been turned upside down.

The country is also has about 80% of the world’s Coltan supply, a mineral that is used in the production of nearly every cell phone and computer. Coltan has been one of the central contributing factors to the county’s corruption because of it’s high monetary value. Armed rebel groups are employing child laborers to extract the Coltan and are using the profits to fund their violent wars.

In this documentary, The Vice Guide to The Congo, we visit clandestine Coltan mines, meet shady government officials, and even have a face to face meeting with a rebel leader that claims to have magic powers from God. Highly recommended.

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  • Walter Crimociv

    Oof. This was really important. After watching Koby 2012 on your website I’ve gotten very interested in the region.

    This is a much better documentary. Thanks for posting!
    Does anyone think that there’s a chance for this region? :(

    • Naomi

      re: Walter
      of course there is a chance! When the 1st world countries stop exploiting the African countries for their natural resources and leaving them with nothing left but crippling poverty and drought to fight over.

      I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo last year to volunteer in building houses and working in the schools. I felt like I made a difference and I’m just one little woman :) I’m not writing to toot my horn but just to say that if I can do something..then if we all chipped in we could turn the country around.

    • Videoeyes

       Koby plays for the Lakers in los Angeles CA. is that the region your thinking of?
      Because; No there’s no chance for that region!

  • Roy

    Wow its like Kony 2012 minus the naive hipsters.

    Seriously though, thank God for Vice. No other reporters have the balls to actually go into these places to see what is ACTUALLY happening. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen these guys almost die while on the search for the truth.

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