Democratic Republic of the Congo


We went hunting for a rare Congolese weed strain with the “Kings of Cannabis”

The "Kings of Cannabis" have turned their sights on Africa to revolutionize the weed industry.
reproductive rights

What It's Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

Abortion is banned almost without exception in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but countless women still terminate their pregnancies illegally and dangerously. Fatima was one of them.
Laura Kasinof
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump warns he'll be "angry" if health bill fails, ex-president of Brazil convicted of corruption, two US volunteer fighters killed in Syria, and more.
VICE Staff
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Attorneys general to sue President Trump over foreign payments, Puerto Rico opts for US statehood in disputed (non-binding) vote, Russian opposition leader detained ahead of Moscow rally, and more.
VICE Staff

How Trump’s latest blocked travel ban is still creating havoc for refugee families

Keegan Hamilton
Social Media

Congo’s Female Tech Activists Risk Violence, Jail, and Rape to Speak Out

Women push for change using technology in a country known for rampant gender-based violence and conflict.
Kait Bolongaro

The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Preserving the Music of the Bayaka

Louis Sarno went to record the music of the Central African Republic's Bayaka community in the 80s and never turned back.
Emiko Jozuka
crime & drugs

Meth, Murder, and the DEA's Mysterious Deal With the 'Most Dangerous Man in the World'

Paul Le Roux allegedly masterminded killings and smuggled drugs all over the globe. So why is the US government cutting secretive deals with him?
Keegan Hamilton

Your Smartphone Is Probably Powered by Child Labor at Mines in Africa

Amnesty International says batteries in products made by Apple, Samsung, and others contain cobalt mined by kids in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Sarah Francoise

Exclusive: Leaked UN Memo Shows There's No Plan to Prevent Genocide in Burundi

VICE News obtained a confidential memo written by the UN’s peacekeeping office that shows the organization is woefully unprepared to prevent worsening bloodshed in Burundi.
Samuel Oakford
The Up in Flames Issue

Why Companies Aren't Required to Label Their Products 'Conflict-Free'

This August, a court ruled that labeling goods made using minerals from warlord-controlled mines is a matter of opinion on moral responsibility, not a factual statement relevant to investors.
Mark Hay

'If They See Me Alive, They'll Kill Me': Burundi Refugees Filling Up Camps Across the Border

Around 150,000 people have fled the small East African country of Burundi in past months to escape growing political turmoil, intimidation, and violent repression.
Kimya Zahedi and Daniel Gold