Who’s Stealing Congo’s Wealth?

Foreign mining companies are making a fortune but barely pay taxes on their massive gains

Credit: Joe Stramowski

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources, yet the average citizen subsists on only 72 cents a day. The foreign mining companies are getting rich while the general population is living in poverty. Many Congolese citizens are digging through the dirt on their hands and knees in search of their fair share of the country’s natural minerals. While there are taxes on the mining companies, it is proving difficult to collect the money that is owed.

Vocativ spoke to one tax inspector who explains that tax evasion and government fraud is rampant throughout the mining industry. So it seems that until those benefiting from the country’s natural wealth start paying what’s due, many average citizens will have to continue digging through the mud to get by.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources, yet the average citizen subsists on only 72 cents a day. The foreign mining companies are getting rich while the general population is living in poverty. Many Congolese citizens are digging through the dirt on their hands and knees in search of their fair share of the country’s natural minerals. While there are taxes on the mining companies, it is proving difficult to collect the money that is owed.

Vocativ spoke to one tax inspector who explains that tax evasion and government fraud is rampant throughout the mining industry. So it seems that until those benefiting from the country’s natural wealth start paying what’s due, many average citizens will have to continue digging through the mud to get by.

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