Democratic Republic of the Congo
The African country with the most neighbors — nine — the Democratic Republic of the Congo is also the world's most populous Francophone country. One of the first countries in Africa to gain independence, it was among the earliest Cold War battlegrounds on the continent. Today, it's once again battling civil strife and protests. At the heart of Africa, its health impacts the entire continent.
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Jean-Jacques Muyembe was put in charge of containing the second most dangerous Ebola outbreak ever.
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The World Bank’s bid to aid countries battling Ebola is contingent on some strict conditions.
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Women have traditionally occupied menial, low-paying jobs in this region’s gold mining industry. Not anymore.
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