The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to 70 million West Africans. One of the countries richest in natural resources, it is also one of the least economically developed. As is often reported in the West, regional and civil wars, political corruption, and poverty are endemic.

The dominant natural features of the DRC are the Congo River (which arches through the eastern, northern, and western sections of the country on its way to the Atlantic) and the Congo Basin. This...

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About the Author

Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, is associate professor of spirituality at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.