Congo: Congo's Weeping Forest
Rainforest of DR Congo is weeping, following the similar fate as the Amazons. The second largest rainforest in the world, not only playing a vital role in reducing Greenhouse gases, it also supports local population with multiple levels from firewood to medicine. During the prolonged civil war which recently ended, precious and some of the most endangered tropical timbers have been logged without much of regulations, destroying the large portion of the forest to extract them. Recently arrived relative stablity in the country brought many international logging companies which signed questionable logging concessions with Congo’s then transitional and now newly elected government continues to ship timber mainly to Europe daily, with the huge amount of aid money from the World Bank which is suppose to curve and control the industrial logging and bring benefit to the local population. They also signed the contracts with surrounding villages to build health clinic and school to help lift the village of poverty, but their promises have not fulfilled many years after. This assignment was commissioned by Greenpeace International.