The life of the super-rich in Central Africa | DW Documentary

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Many millionaires live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the world’s poorest countries. This film depicts some of those who have made fortunes amid the chaos, including musicians, mining bosses, entrepreneurs and preachers.

The DRC is rich in raw materials, but only a few profit from its natural resources. While 60% of Congo’s inhabitants live on less than $1.25 per day, businessmen, artists, former rebel leaders and evangelists are reaping the rewards of economic growth. In the capital, Kinshasa, these new rich live in safe and luxurious enclaves, while children toil in coltan mines in the eastern part of the country.

Fally Ipupa has made his money with music. Others rely on their business acumen, like Patricia Nzolantima, who founded a taxi company and aims to give more opportunities to women.
With 3,000 mine workers, Cooperamma is the largest employer in North Kivu, in the east of the DRC. Managing director Robert Seninga says his coltan mines are extremely well-run, yet safety standards are poor. Coltan, a globally coveted mineral, is used in cell phones and other devices. It’s both a blessing and a curse for the Congo. It makes some rich, but for others it means death. The region still suffers from ethnic and factional conflicts, with money from illegal coltan smuggling financing new violence. It’s a vicious cycle.

[April 22, 2021: The former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, in a letter to DW dated 16 April 2021, has rejected as false an estimate in the (aforementioned) documentary that he had amassed a fortune estimated at some 13 billion euros during his tenure in office. Kabila also claimed no sources had been cited supporting this report. The estimate was first published in “Forbes” magazine by American investigative journalist Richard Miniter in June 2014. The text of that article is currently not available online. Joseph Kabila is considered to be very wealthy, though he has never publicly declared his assets.]

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31 thoughts on “The life of the super-rich in Central Africa | DW Documentary”

  1. why are ya'll so surprised about this… This aren't going to change for the better, mr electric dam probably going to get blackmailed or forced into making sketchy concessions He. The first world country's are profiting off the infighting, material and rare minerals are cheap because of this.

  2. DW what a great doc:),,,,,,i hope some how all of Congo sees this doc and stop drinking that SCAM water. Also stop that plant from kids working THERE!!!!! when you know there's kids working THERE!!!!!!…..DW thank you …namaste…..i love all people from Congo you will always be in my heart!

  3. Why kill when we can spread love? There’s so much pain, anger, and hate in this world. Transform all those negative emotions into love and see how you’ll attract nothing but abundance.

  4. It’s people like the “pastor” I will never forgive. Manipulating vulnerable people who have very little hope. Not forgetting one of the ingredients in his so called miracle juice is gasoline??? Utterly disgusting. Shame.

  5. Africa why..
    It is time for all Africans to take responsibilities and ensure Africa is great again..
    The corruption is too much, watching this documentary I can see a lot of similarities with other African countries..GREEDY AND CORRUPTION .. DAMN!! I cry my beloved continent..


  6. 17:28 While I’m not accusing this fine businessman of child labor, why in the hell would a businessman for ANY business ANYWHERE answer the question “Do children work for you.” With any other answer than “No.”

    Like, the interviewer asks “Do children work in your mines?” and the guy turns and stares dead into the camera’s lens and says; “Yes”

    Edit: Nvm I’m accusing him of child labor

  7. What is very annoying is as soon as they get rich they make others work for them like slaves. Take for example that business man dude. He had to have someone to hold his umbrella like come on are you so different that you have to have someone do these things for you. The singer needs someone to open his door.

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