It can be dangerous to bury the proverbial lead in journalism, and the same is true for the realities that beset marginalized cultures around the world. As geographically distant countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Central Africa continue to connect to the western world, their hardships should not outpace the advancements being gained.
Neighboring famine and genocide, alleged widespread corruption, a volcanic eruption and two successive Congolese wars (1996–1997; 1998–2003) have left a country wounded. The result is that education and community systems suffer.
In 2010, the government passed a law granting all children access to primary education. However, despite these decades-long promises, 3.5 million children of primary school age do not attend formal education. School fees are the single greatest stressors